Police in Kiira region on Sunday morning retrieved the dead body of
20 year old Stewart Lubega, a resident of Budhumbuli west ward in Northern
division, Jinja city who died in a septic tank.
It is reported that, Lubega had gone to rinse clothing in
his neighbor’s backyard only to slide and drown in an already collapsing septic tank.
Residents however, fault police for failing to arrive at the accident scene on time which to them frustrated the possibilities of rescuing their colleague alive.
Michael Waiswa, the area L.C.2 chairperson says that police
authorities should intensify their relationship the communities in their areas of operation by
offering timely rescue services to those in need however.
The chairman says these unexplained
delays continue to negatively taint the force’s image in the public view.
//cue in: “tufunye…
Amulafesi Kigenyi, a resident in the area says that,
they called police at around 7:30am but, they hadn’t responded by 9:00am,
prompting them to physically engage police officers attached to the Kiira region fire and
rescue services directly.
However, these too only responded late getting to the scene at around
//cue in: “police etuuse…
Cue out…mubantu,”. //
Asuman Isabirye another resident within the area says that,
following police’s delays, youthful members within their community were quickly
mobilized in an attempt of ddevise means to save their colleague’s life who by the time was heard shouting for help while still trapped in the septic tank however,
their efforts proved futile as they lacked the necessary equipment required to
Isabirye also notes that, most of the septic tanks and
toilets within their community are dilapidated which has resulted into several
accidents over the past three years.
But it is only today that, a fatal case has been registered for the first time.
He adds that Jinja city authorities should mobilize
landlords to rehabilitate these sanitary facilities whose already dilapidated
state has been worsened by the rainy season.
//cue in: “oluvainuma…
Cue out…baaba bademye,”. //
Meanwhile, the Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako
says that they struggled to access the accident scene, since the area is
densely populated without clear access routes.
He added that such challenges
greatly contributed to delays in offering rescue services to the victim.