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Mother Electrocuted One Week after Delivering her First Baby :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Mother Electrocuted One Week after Delivering her First Baby

"When I saw her collapse to the ground, I had thought that maybe she missed a step, only to notice sparks from different electric wires, which made me realize she had met her death," her husband Livingstone Lukwise says.
25-year-old Rachel Basilika, a mother of one week old baby boy, was on Friday afternoon electrocuted to death at her home located in Nkono ward, in Northern division, in Iganga municipality.

Basilika was electrocuted while airing her baby's beddings on metallic clothing lines outside her house.

Livingston Lukwise says that, he saw his wife collapse and he thought that she might have slid on slippery ground, only to realize that she was already dead. "When I saw her collapse to the ground, I had thought that maybe she missed a step, only to notice sparks from different electric wires, which made me realize she had met her death," he says.

Elliot Waiswa, the area L.C.1 chairperson says that dozens of landlords are thriving on illegal power connections, which overtime risks the safety of their tenants.

He adds that, most of them install yaka meters as a camouflage, but directly loop surplus power from neighboring electric lines in their localities with intent of minimizing costs, yet compromising the tenants' safety.

The Busoga East police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula says that, preliminary enquires indicate that Basilika was electrocuted by loose electricity lines emanating from an illegal power connection in the area.

Nandawula adds that the deceased has been taken to Iganga general hospital mortuary, awaiting postmortem. 

She challenged members of the general public to desist from illegal power connections, which risk their life and wellbeing.

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