traders of Patongo Town Council in Agago district have been hospitalized after
they were electrocuted on Saturday.
Chairperson of Patongo Business Community George Oloya Gwogwok told Uganda Radio Network - URN that the
incident occurred while the traders were traveling from Patongo Town
Council to Adilang Sub County for a routine monthly market Day.
critically injured have been identified as Richard Odokonyero, Lamek Orwenyo, Jovino
Akaki Moro, Fiona Mego and another only identified as Joshua.
says the traders including some passengers were electrocuted after the vehicle
they were traveling in, a FUSO truck registration number UAU 491U got in
contact with a live overhead electricity wire that has been sagging on the road.
He says during the incident, some of the injured traders fell off
the truck on the ground unconscious as others jumped off in panic. Screams of the helpless passengers who got electrocuted attracted
the attention of locals who rescued the victims and immediately rushed them to Patongo Integrated
Clinic, Yot Kom Health Unit and Patongo Health Centre III.
//Cue in: “cawa
Cue out: ……accident
Medics at the facilities where the injured were rushed
reveal that at the time of their admission, they were all unconscious and sustained
electric shock, burns and bruises although they are
now steadily recovering.
Gwogwok says moments later authorities called officials
of Pader Abim Community Multi-Purpose Electricity Cooperative Society (PACMECs);
the power distributor in the area, to disconnect the power supply.
Locals blame the district administration PACMECs for the
incident and laxity towards such danger despite repeated appeals to maintain standard
height of the sagging supply lines, but no action has been taken.
Doreen Acayo, one of the survivors says the problem of power
supply lines sagging dangerously in most of the areas of the town council has
become a serious cause of concern. She says often times, the low-hanging live electric
wires always entangle causing electrical circuits and a challenge to residents.
The Chairperson Board of PACMECs, Simon Odoch Ojok says
officials of the power distributor company were immediately sent to the scene
and have placed the wires higher.
The Agago District Police Commander Paul Katwesigye regrets the
incident which he attributes to gross negligence saying a general
enquiry file has been registered at Patongo CPS pending investigations into the
It’s reported that PACMECs and the owner of the vehicle
have consented to foot the medical bills of those injured.