Bishop Rejects Compensation Demands from Accident Victim's Family

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The deceased, Angela Atono, a resident of Anyara Sub County in Kaberamaido district was knocked dead on Sunday by the Bishop, driving in a double cabin pick up registration number UAM 336 V in Soroti town.

Soroti Diocese Anglican Bishop Rev. George William Erwau has rejected demands for compensation for a 24-year-old expectant mother who was knocked dead by his car.

The deceased, Angela Atono, a resident of Anyara Sub County in Kaberamaido district was knocked dead on Sunday by the Bishop, driving in a double cabin pick up registration number UAM 336 V in Soroti town.

Bishop Erwau was locked up at Soroti Central Police Station after the accident and released on Police bond a day later.

The deceased's relatives had demanded that Bishop Erwau compensates the family with seven cows worth seven million Shillings and clears all burial expenses including transport, the cost of a coffin and feeding the mourners. But Bishop Erwau rejected the demands saying he can only pay the compensation after being found guilty.

East Kyoga regional police spokesperson Michael Odongo says that the family has already been supported with burial expenses. He adds that investigations are already underway and that once complete; the Bishop will be arraigned in court.
 
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However, Michael Okello, a relative of the deceased says they are not prepared for the lengthy court process.
 
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The deceased was laid to rest on Thursday at Anyara Sub County in Kaberamaido district.
 
Soroti Anglican Diocese provide two coffins for the mother and unborn baby, a bag of beans and refunded to the family, a sum of 150,000 Shillings which they used for post-mortem, according to Okello.
 
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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.