Police Surgeon Accused of Extorting Money for Postmortem

1983 Views Soroti, Uganda

In short
The deceased persons identified as Stephen Opio, Boniface Apetu, James Omoit, Vincent Osingai, John Opio, Juventine Ebulet and John Okuda, all cattle traders from Ngora, were travelling to Otuboi cattle market in Kaberamaido district when their vehicle a fuso lorry registration number UAQ 033 T lost control and swerved off the road.

Drama ensued at Soroti Hospital this evening when relatives of persons who died in an accident early today accused the Police Surgeon of extorting money to conduct a postmortem.

The deceased persons identified as Stephen Opio, Boniface Apetu, James Omoit, Vincent Osingai, John Opio, Juventine Ebulet and John Okuda, all cattle traders from Ngora, were travelling to Otuboi cattle market in Kaberamaido district when their vehicle a fuso lorry registration number UAQ 033 T lost control and swerved off the road.

Their bodies were then taken to Soroti Hospital Mortuary where a postmortem would be conducted. However, the relatives said that they were asked to pay a sum of 200,000 Shillings to facilitate the process for each of the deceased persons.

They put East Kyoga Regional Police Surgeon Dr Joseph Ongaria to task to explain why he needed money to conduct the postmortem. But Dr Ongaria denied receipt of any money and knowledge of any person who received the money on his behalf.

Dr Ongaria says some unscrupulous people could have taken advantage of the victims' relatives to extort money from them under the guise of paying for the postmortem.

Ramathan Okwii, one of the relatives told URN that their reaction was in response to another requisition for an additional payment. According to Okwii, the money was picked right from the tragic accident scene some 6km of Soroti town by an unknown person who was allegedly working with the police Doctor.

East Kyoga region police spokesperson Michael Odongo says the matter will be investigated
 
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