Cooks Abandon Work After Suspected Poisoning of Pupils

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Deo Obura, the Amuria district Police commander explains that after the incident they picked up both cooks for questioning and detained them for two days up to Thursday last week when they were released on Bond.

Cooks at Abarilela primary school in Amuria district have abandoned work after 92 pupils were admitted after eating suspected poisoned food. The pupils complained of stomach complications after they were served suspected poisoned food at Abarilela primary school during the Music, Dance and Drama competition. 

As a result, angry parents stormed Abarilela primary school on Tuesday baying for the blood of the cooks but they were rescued by cops.  The two cooks are Rose Akello and Juliet Aanyu. Deo Obura, the Amuria district Police commander explains that after the incident they picked up both cooks for questioning and detained them for two days up to Thursday last week when they were released on Bond.
 
Obura says investigations are still ongoing. He says the head teacher of the school is expected to report to police to write a statement. Daniel Okirima, the deputy Head teacher Abarilela Primary School says since the attempted attack by parents, the cooks have disappeared. Okirima explains that pupils are feed with food supplied by ACDI/VOCA, a nongovernmental organization which, comprises of Cowpeas and yellow posho. 

Max Ebalu, the Abarilela sub county LC 3 Chairperson the Commissioner ACDI/VOCA is expected to visit the school this week to establish the facts surrounding the food poisoning.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.