Martin Sebagala was arrested on Sunday by police following the death of two casual workers; Lonya Igira Kiyonga, 26 and his unidentified colleague who died on Saturday at a construction site in Senior Quarters in Kotido Municipal Council. Kiyonga, one of the deceased has been identified as a resident of Nagolopooi in West Division in Kotido Municipality.
A site Engineer has been arrested and charged with negligence
for causing the death of two casual laborers at a construction site in
Police arrested Martin Sebagala on Sunday following the
death of two casual workers; Lonya Igira Kiyonga, a resident of Nagolopooi in Western Division and his unidentified colleague
who died on Saturday at the site in Senior Quarters in Kotido
The two were allegedly emptying water from a flooded septic tank
at a construction site when they suffocated to death from carbon fumes being
emitted by a faulty generator that was being used to pump water from the basement
of the septic tank.
The Kotido District Police Commander, Jimton Aguta says preliminary
investigations show that the duo was using a generator to drain water from the septic
tank when they suffocated to death inside it due to carbon emission from the generator.
The generator had been lowered into the basement of the septic tank when the incident
Aguta says police are still investigating the circumstances
under which the Site Engineer allowed the two young men; Kiyonga (26 years) and another
in his 20s to drain water from the septic tank while the generator was
releasing big loads of fumes inside the septic tank that eventually caused
suffocation on the two.
Their bodies were discovered later by other workers after they had suffocated.
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Aguta said the file against the accused would soon be ready once more
witness statements are made. The death of the two caused angry reactions
of Kiyonga who are demanding compensation from the developer, Mutai
Mwanga Siraji, a rich business tycoon in Kotido town.
The family is seeking for traditional compensation mechanism
for the loss of their son. Awar Aari
Napo, the uncle of the deceased and Joel Lopio, the head of the family say they
are yet to meet with the developer. The mechanism spells the price for compensation for life of a person
being 60 heads of cattle or its equivalent.
“We are yet to meet with the developer and discuss based on
our traditional compensation mechanism,” said Napo on Monday morning.
However, the developer said the case was before the police
and he could not comment because he was a way when the incident happened.