Lira – Two victims of the fire accident that occurred on the 12, March, 2020 along Lira – Soroti highway in Adwila village, Adekokwok parish, Boroboro sub-county in Lira district have been confirmed dead.
The deceased are Mrs Rose Lakot, a resident of Langul village, Paloga sub-county, in Lamwo district and the Mr Jimmy Eden, 38, a resident of Ayito village, Amach sub-county in Lira district.
On 21, March, 2020 [Saturday] morning, Lakot succumbed to injuries she sustained in the accident. She died around 4:00am in Kitgum Regional Referral Hospital. She is survived by six children; four boys and two girls.
Lakot’s demise comes after the passing on of Mr Jimmy Eden, 38, who died on 13, March, 2020 at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he was transferred for a better medical management following the same fire incident.
In an interview with this contemporary newspaper on Saturday, Mr George Okot, the Chairperson Acholi Community in Lango, said out of the 16 people who were seriously injured and that were admitted to Kitgum and Mulago Referral Hospitals, two are already dead.
“We have already lost two people and four others are still in critical conditions that their lives are at stake. Our prayers is; God helps them so that they recover quickly,” said Mr Okot.
“The tragedy has caused us a lot of losses both from the people and the merchandises. Like during the incident, we lost properties estimated at shillings 24, 456,000, one of the victims money worth shillings10 million was stolen from his pocket including, Orom sub-county NUSAF 3 cattle that were bought were also scorched,” he added.
Okot appealed to both the Lango and Acholi people to join together so that the orphans left behind by the deceased are supported.
“I know the deceased might have left some of their money, debts and properties to some of you. Since the deceased have left children behind and there is nothing left to enable them survive, I appeal that their money, debts and properties be brought back so that the children are supported,” he urged.
When contacted, the Police Spokesperson for North Kyoga Region I.P Michael Odongo said he had only received a report about the death of Mr Jimmy Eden.
“Since I was not informed about the recent death of Mrs Rose Lakot, I will make clarify of any recent information,” Police spokesperson added.
“Have not got any recent information because had left on Saturday but by the time I was leaving, I was only informed about the death of Mr Jimmy Eden. May be when I come tomorrow I will find out, compile the information and give you,” he told TND News.
On 12, March, 2020 an accident involved two vehicles of registration numbers UAX 996G and UBF 019S. Immediately the commercial lorries were stopped by traffic police officers, it caught fire, leaving 16 people gravely injured with mechanizes worth millions of shillings destroyed.
The injured business people comprises of 13 female and 6 men.
The traders were from Amach market in Lira district heading to Juba, South Sudan, and Lamwo district. They caught fire 9 kilometers to Lira town.
Police attributed the cause of the fire to waragi which exploded from one of the jerricans tied around the truck rails on one of the vehicles.
However, eye witnesses said those were petrol.
By Isabella Olong & Frank Oyugi