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Police Records Two Deaths on Uhuru Day in Soroti

According to Oscar Greg Ageca, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, Elamu died around 02:00 pm while drinking at the home of Nathan Aboku.
Oscar Gregg Ageca, the Police Spoeksman for East Kyoga.

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At least two people died during Independence Celebrations in Soroti District, according to the Police records. The deceased have been identified as Stephen Elamu, a resident of Amoroto Village in Awaliwal Sub County and James Ojela, a resident of Akere Village in Aukot Sub County.

The death of the duo was first linked to food poisoning, which forced several residents in the neighbourhood to flee their homes for fear of retaliation from the deceased’s relatives. Both victims died while drinking waragi in different bars.    

According to Oscar Greg Ageca, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, Elamu died around 02:00 pm while drinking at the home of Nathan Aboku. “We are told that the victim, after drinking waragi complained of hunger. This prompted his host to serve him food. But while eating, then he just collapsed and everyone ran away from home. The owner of the home, Nathan Aboku handed himself to Amukaru Police Post since relatives had threatened to lynch him and the entire family”, he said.

Ageca says that Ojela’s was also linked to food poisoning that caused panic in his village. 

“He just fell down and died instantly from the chair he was seated on at the drinking place. We are told that he started drinking at around 11:00 am and died around 6:00 pm,” Ageca added. The duo’s death within the same location raised eyebrows in Gweri County until Sunday evening when the post-mortem results returned. 

According to Ageca, Elamu died of food choking when a piece of meat remained in his throat while Ojela died of a blood clot in the lungs.

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Denis Ojula, a resident of Aukot Sub County, says that some of the people in the area lost property including animals when relatives of the deceased persons attacked them in retaliation. “It was going to be bloody here, had it not been for the post-mortem report. People became wild and wanted to attack homes and relatives where the deceased persons died from”, he said.