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Relatives of Accident Victim Storm Moroto Hospital, Paralyze Business

Dozens of women forced their way through the hospital gate and other wards forcing security personnel to withdraw and watch them from a safe distance.

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Business grounded to a halt at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital for at least an hour on Monday night after relatives of an accident victim stormed the facility to see the body of their deceased relative in the hospital mortuary. 

Dozens of women forced their way through the hospital gate and other wards forcing security personnel to withdraw and watch them from a safe distance.  

 

The women hurled abuses at the security personnel for refusing to let them in while throwing stones randomly inside the hospital premises. They later threw stones at the hospital signpost and other structures close to the gate before they eventually withdrew when police on foot patrol appeared at a distance. Calm returned immediately and people were seen entering the hospital after the rampage.

  The incident happened shortly after Martin Chero, an employee of East African Breweries Limited in Moroto town died in an accident. A vehicle from the same company crushed Chero around 9:00 PM while disembarking to his home in Kakoliye.

 

Witnesses say the deceased tried to jump off the lorry, which was still in motion when he missed a step and was eventually hit by the rear tire. He died on the spot. Paul Sagal, an eyewitness says he saw the deceased trying to come out of the lorry when the lorry knocked him dead.  

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Mariko Lokiru, another witness says the lorry always drops off Chero after work but this time the driver did not stop to allow him to get down. “The lorry came at around 9:00 PM as usual but this time it did not stop. It only slowed down and we saw him coming down but he did not make it,” said Lokiru.

 

Residents say close 3 is a black spot and in two years, five people have been killed in accidents. Police have arrested the driver whose identity has been withheld. Martin Chibetu, the Moroto Traffic officer, says that the driver will also be charged for driving during curfew hours. 

The hospital Director, Dr. Ben Watmon regretted the raid on the facility by charged relatives of the deceased, saying that it was a transfer of aggression. “We are innocent and had no role in his death. We are only keeping the body after the police brought it. The situation is calm and work is ongoing,” he said.

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