At least two people died during Independence
Celebrations in Soroti District, according to the Police records. The deceased
have been identified as Stephen Elamu, a resident of Amoroto Village in Awaliwal Sub
County and James Ojela, a resident
of Akere Village in Aukot Sub County.
The death of the duo was first
linked to food poisoning, which
forced several residents in the neighbourhood to flee their homes for fear of
retaliation from the deceased’s
victims died while drinking waragi in
According to Oscar Greg Ageca, the East Kyoga
Regional Police Spokesman, Elamu died around 02:00 pm while drinking at the home
of Nathan Aboku. “We
are told that the victim, after drinking waragi complained of hunger. This
prompted his host to serve him food. But while eating, then he just collapsed
and everyone ran away from home. The owner of the home, Nathan Aboku handed
himself to Amukaru Police Post since relatives had threatened to lynch him and
the entire family”, he said.
Ageca says that Ojela’s
was also linked to food poisoning that caused panic in his village.
“He just fell down and died instantly from the
chair he was seated on at the drinking place. We are told that he started
drinking at around 11:00 am and died around 6:00 pm,” Ageca added. The duo’s death within the same location raised eyebrows in
Gweri County until Sunday evening when the post-mortem results returned.
According to Ageca, Elamu died of food choking
when a piece of meat remained in his throat while Ojela died of a blood clot in the lungs.
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Denis Ojula, a resident of Aukot Sub County, says that some of the people in the area lost
property including animals when relatives of the deceased persons attacked them
in retaliation. “It
was going to be bloody here, had it not been for the post-mortem report. People
became wild and wanted to attack homes and relatives where the deceased persons
died from”, he said.