DNA Tests Conducted to Identify Factory Fire Victims Top story

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Jacob Oboth-Oboth, the MP for West Budama South in Tororo District, where five of the victims hailed from, said they are anxious to get their identities to enable them go ahead with the burial. The MP said they will pursue compensation for the victims later.

Relatives of the six workers who perished in a fire at Crest Foam mattresses factory in Kampala are still converging at the Government Analytical Laboratory to provide DNA samples to help in their identification.

The six were found in the factory store at the time of the tragedy which occurred on Monday. They were burnt beyond recognition. 

Caesar Wani, a half-brother to one of the victims, Lawrence Mulindwa, said by close of business last evening, DNA samples had not yet been taken from ay of them, although they were still waiting at the Laboratory.  More relatives are expected this morning.

Jacob Oboth-Oboth, the MP for West Budama South in Tororo District, where five of the victims hailed from, said they are anxious to get their identities to enable them go ahead with the burial. The MP said they will pursue compensation for the victims later.
 
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Oboth-Oboth said the factory owner, Joseline Kateba, owned up and pledged to support in the burial of the remains. Kateba, who at the time of the fire was reportedly away attending to her sick mother in South Africa, flew back last night to attend to the emergency.

She was been held up the whole of yesterday in marathon meetings with her management team, police, government investigators and insurers.

Access to the factory premises is being restricted especially to the media.
 

 

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