Gerald Kitongo, a prison warder attached to Ndorwa Government prison in Kabale district has died hours after an inmate hit him on the head using a hoe.
URN understands Kitongo died on Friday evening while being transferred from Kabale Hospital to Mbarara Hospital.
Kitongo was rushed to Kabale regional referral Hospital after being injured seriously on Friday at around midday. He was reportedly trying to separate two inmates who were fighting.
About thirty inmates had gone to provide casual labour in Kazigizigi, Kitumba Sub County, Kabale district. They were hired from Ndorwa government prison by a yet to be identified businessman in the area to level his compound.
While still there, two inmates whose names were withheld developed a misunderstanding while at work and stated fighting using hoes.
When Kitongo intervened to separate them, one of the inmates hit him with a hoe. Kitongo fell down and became unconscious.
After the incident the inmate who hit Kitongo was shot in the right leg while trying to run away.
They were both rushed to Kabale regional referral hospital. Our reporter was denied access to the surgical ward where they were being attended to. Prison warders were deployed at the surgical ward blocking people from entering.
However, one of the nurses told our reporter on condition of anonymity that Kitongo succumbed to his injuries.
Senior Superintendent of Prisons James Aissu, Kigezi Region Prisons Commander could not be reached for a comment as his phones were switched off.
Paul Nkore, the Kigezi Region Police Commander confirmed the incident saying that police has kicked off the investigations. Nkore did not reveal more information about the incident saying that he has not received official report from his juniors.
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Uganda Prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine says that he is not yet aware of the incident but promised to follow it up.