By Micheal Atwakiire
Sheema: Police in Sheema district are investigating circumstances under which Rogers Kakuru, who was a worker with Matsyoro-Kitagata Water Scheme, died after allegedly being hit by a stone on the head.
It is alleged that Kakuku was hit by a stone on Friday at around 11:00Am while working as a casual labourer at Shuuku Masyoro Water Scheme in Sheema district.
It is alleged that Kakuru, who was a resident of Kashare village, in Kashaari, Mbarara district, had been hired as a casual labourer by Shuuku-Matsyoro water project and had worked for only one day when he got hit by the stone.
He was later quickly rushed to BMC hospital in Kabwohe at around 1:00Pm, but was announced dead on arrival.
Fellow casual workers at the construction site said that Kakuru didn’t have protection gear like a jacket, gumboots and helmet, which worsened the injuries for him, hence resulting into his death.
However, later Kakuru’s relatives were seen stranded at BMC hospital Kabwohe, because they didn’t receive any support from the deceased’s employers and demanded to know the exact cause of his death. They wanted the company to pay for the medical bills, transportation of the body for burial plus compensation to the deceased’s family.
Following the standoff between the Company managers and Kakuru’s relatives, the Sheema Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Frank Kyerere ordered the company managers to specify the compensation and cater for medical bills and burial expenses.
Kakuru’s body was later taken to his ancestral home in Kashare village, Kashaari, for burial.
Our efforts to get a comment from the managers of Matsyoro- Shuuku water scheme project were however futile after they refused to talk to our reporter.