Residents Threaten Protest Over Rotting Bodies

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He explains that the bodies were not preserved because of the lack of the required chemicals and their attempts to bury them have failed.

A Swarm of flies have invaded Kasana Health Center IV and its neighborhood in Luweero town Council following the failure by authorities to bury two unclaimed bodies. As result, residents have given Kasana Health Center IV a three day’s ultimatum to bury the bodies or else they pick them and dump them at the town council headquarters. George Nuwagaba, the mortuary attendant at Kasana Health Center IV says that the two unclaimed bodies were dumped there by police after Christmas after picking them up along Kiwoko-Luweero road.

He explains that the bodies were not preserved because of the lack of the required chemicals and their attempts to bury them have failed. Nuwagaba says that they wrote to Winnie Namasaba, the Luweero town council health inspector through Doctor Agaba Byamukama, the in charge of Kasana health center IV to bury the bodies in Luweero town council cemetery in vain. Jessica Nalubega, who resides few meters from the mortuary says that the decomposing bodies have attracted a swarm flies, putting the lives of residents at risk of infection. Nalubega adds that the mortuary is surrounded by the Health Center kitchen, ward and several households.
Scovia Namakula, who also lives close to the health center, says that apart from the stench, flies from the dead bodies are feasting on their foodstuff. He says that they have decided to cook inside their house, and stay away during the day because of the heavy stench. Muhamadi Kabugo, a health activist demands that the mortuary be relocated to another place because it was constructed near a residential area. He also faults the authorities for failing to respect the rights of the dead to be buried decently. Kabugo says that they have issued an ultimatum of three days to the town clerk Muluuta Mugagga and Chairman LC3 Charles Ssebyala to ensure that dead bodies are transported and buried at Luweero town council cemetery or else they should brace up for protests.
 Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero Town council LC III chairperson has confirmed receiving complaints from residents. Ssebyala says that he has tasked Ssebyala to requisition for funds to ensure that the two bodies are buried immediately to prevent citizen protests. The town council spends 100,000 shillings to bury a single body.

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Last year, residents of Kalongo South Zone in Luweero town also asked the Luweero district Health Officer Joseph Okware to close the town council cemetery. They accused the authorities of failing to ensure a decent burial of bodies leaving stray dogs and scavengers to excavate and feed on them.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.