Family of Mak Mob Victim Demand UGX 2.5bn Compensation

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Students ganged up against David Ojok, a former Makerere University students on suspicion that he was a thief.

The family of David Ojok, a former Makerere University who was lynched at Nkrumah hall has petitioned Kampala High Court seeking Shillings 2.5 billion in compensation. Ojok was clobbered to death by students in April last year when he went to visit a colleague at Nkrumah hall.

Students ganged up against Ojok on suspicion that he was a thief. Now, Ojok's family led by his parents Maxson Okidi and Annet Aketch have sued Makerere University for negligence and breach of its statutory duty leading to the death of their son on the university premises.
"Due to the negligence and breach of the statutory duty by the defendant's warden and custodian of Nkurumah Hall, University Council and other authorities, the deceased met his untimely death at Nkurumah Hall and this has caused the plaintiff (parents) and the minors for whose benefit they are suing to suffer loss and severe harm for which they now hold the defendant liable" reads the petition in part.

Adding that "Sunday April 12, 2015 will always be a hauntingly painful memory for the family of the deceased. That day at 10:00pm or thereabout, Mr David Ojok was lynched with all manner of blunt objects including stones, sticks, bricks, rocks and pieces of wood at the poorly-lit entrance of Nkurumah Hall by a mob of unidentified hooligans."

Ojok had graduated from Makerere University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He was an entrepreneur and a consultant in information and communication technology at the time he met his cruel death. The family claims that at the time Ojok was killed, he was paying school fees for his three siblings like Gloria Atim who was in senior four at Kyambogo College where he was paying Shillings 450.000 per term.

They also claim Ojok as paying Shillings 2 million each semester for his brother Jimmy Achan at Kampala International University-KIU. Further, the family claims that their son used to send them Shillings 200.000 for home use each months. To that effect, they accuse Makerere University of failing to conduct crime prevention education and security awareness programmes to sensitize its students about the dangers of mob justice.

As part of the conditions for legal redress, the family demands that Nkrumah Hall where their son met his death be renamed Ojok Hall, arguing that this will act as a lasting reminder of the dangers of mob justice and an indicator that the University is committed to stamp out the vice or construct a monument at the hall in his memory. 

The Deputy High Court Registrar, Alex Ajiji has given Makerere University 15 days to file its defense before a hearing date can be fixed.