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Two Children Die of Suspected Poison

According to Elungat, after preparing the breakfast, the elder children ate little food and left the rest for their twin siblings. He explains that upon their return from the swamp, all the seven children started crying of stomachache.
26 Jan 2021 15:51

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Police in Bukedea district are investigating circumstances under, which seven children from the same family were poisoned. Two of the children were killed on the spot.

The deceased have been identified as Allan Opio and Noel Odongo. The survivors are Mark Opio 14, Alex Olango 8, Emmanuel Okwalinga 12, Andrew Ocom 5 and Apio, all children of Simon Elungat and Sylvia Amutos, both residents of Komolo village in Okouba parish in Malera Sub County. 

The family head Simon Elungat, says that they went to the nearby swamp on Monday morning to cut grass for constructing a house and left their seven children as one of their older child was preparing breakfast.

According to Elungat, after preparing the breakfast, the elder children ate  little food and left the rest for their twin siblings. He explains that upon their return from the swamp, all the seven children started crying of stomachache.

He says they rushed five children to a herbalists who administered some concoction but two of the children whose condition was worse died on the spot.

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Samuel Richard Okinyom, the area councilor confirmed the development, saying incidents of witchcraft and killing of people by poisoning is common in his area.

Francis Akello, the Bukedea Deputy Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Department, says she visited the scene, adding that the minor’s bodies have been taken to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem.  

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