Investigations Commence into Death of Kenyan Truck Driver in Uganda

Frontline healthworker collecting samples from the truck driver.

Police and the Ministry of Health have commenced investigations into the death of a Kenyan truck driver in Uganda.

Documents in the truck, registration number KAT 578T, suggest that Samuel Kinywa Wangware had entered Uganda on June 7 through Malaba entry point.

He was today found lifeleless in the truck by his friend, Paul Njoroge, at Busitema URA Customs station along Tororo–Iganga highway in Busia district.

“I saw Samuel’s truck on my way to Malaba. I stopped to greet him but I found him dead,” said Njoroge.

The cause of Wangware’s death is not yet clear but it has reportedly caused panic in the area with many worried that his death could be related to covid-19.

A source in the Ministry of Health confirmed that a team was dispatched to collect samples from the body for analysis into the cause of the death.

The same source said Busia Covid-19 task force responded immediately upon learning of the sad news.

The Busia District Police Commander, Eriya Elopot, has said police has launched investigations into the driver’s death and they are working with medical teams to establish the cause of death.

Truck drivers are one of the  East African communities with the highest prevalence of the novel coronavirus.

“A colleague told me that Wangware said he was feeling weak but he did not know what exactly caused the sickness or death. We have a problem, if any of us feels sick, everyone thinks it is coronavirus. Even if he died of a snake bite, everyone will think it is corona,” a truck driver who requested not to be named told SoftPower News. 

Asked why he did not want to be named, he said “everyone will now think we all have corona.”

Uganda’s Covid-19 tally stands at 685. The country has so far registered 199 recoveries and no Covid-19 related death.


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