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Site Engineer Charged Over Death of 2 Workers in Kotido

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.

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A site Engineer has been arrested and charged with negligence for causing the death of two casual laborers at a construction site in Kotido town.

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 Municipal Council.

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 happened.

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 from relatives 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.

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