Family wants pay for NRM supporter killed by lorry

Serere. The family and clan members of an NRM supporter who died after a lorry that was ferrying people to attend President Museveni’s first rally in Soroti District ran over him, are asking for compensation.

Justine Olinga, 28, a father of three children, died on the spot between Serere Corner and the district headquarters last week as he was trying to board the lorry, but fell down and the truck ran over him.

Ms Jessica Amulen, the widow, told Daily Monitor that on the fateful day, her husband went to the trading centre in the morning and returned home to wear an NRM T-shirt.

“My husband told me that they (NRM supporters from Serere) were travelling to Soroti to attend Museveni’s rally and the NRM district officials paid for his boda boda transport fares from Kateta village to Serere Town where the vehicle was parked,” she said.

Ms Amulen wants government to provide for her children and construct for her a permanent house.

She said her husband was a fisherman at Pingire landing site at Lake Kyoga.

Mr Isaac Oriokot, the clan chairman of Irarak Icimida, said they also want government to meet burial expenses.

The LC5 chairperson, Mr Joseph Opit Okojo, told journalists that it was a big loss for NRM party, adding that they will try to organise for President Museveni to visit the home of the deceased.

Mr Michael Olobo, the district NRM chairperson, said government might compensate the family of the deceased since he was one of the NRM supporters travelling to show support for the President.

The Resident District Commissioner, Mr Onya Akonapesa, promised that they will ask Mr Museveni to visit the deceased’s home.