Women's Day Accident Victims in Lira Demand Compensation

1580 Views Lira, Uganda
Survivors of a tragic road accident that killed nine students 10-years-ago are demanding for compensation. The accident at Wi Odyek village, along the Lira - Soroti road occurred on March 8th 2000, when the lorry in which the students were traveling overturned, killing nine students on the spot. The students were heading to Dokolo sub-county in Lira district to participate in the International Women's day celebrations. Many others were injured and the district promised to compensate the victims, but ten years later, many are still lamenting about the district's slow response to their plight. Janet Akullo, was injured during the accident. She however says that the district gave her 150,000 shillings as compensation but her father rejected it on grounds that it was insufficient to cater for her daughter's treatment. Akullo's father has since died, and she is still nursing the scars of bitterness. Winnie Akongo, another victim survivor says her family's pursuit for compensation turned out a long and winding task, prompting the family to abandon their quest for compensation. During celebrations to mark today's International Womens day at Aki Bua stadium in Lira town, no mention was made of the ill fated day, but Joan Pacoto, the lira Resident District Commissioner, promised to verify the claims.

 

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