Suspected bush fire kills Omoro woman

A woman in her 50s has died in a suspected bush fire at Oluba Village in Ongako Sub-county, Omoro District.

Jessica Auma died at around 2pm on her way back home from a nearby drinking joint, according to the Ongako Sub-county councillor, William Ocitti.

The councillor told Kazi-njema News that it is suspected that on the fateful day, the deceased was drunk, thus, incapacitating her from fleeing the raging flames and thick smoke of the bush fire that subdued and silhouetted the entire place respectively.

Mr Ocitti said a bottle of alcohol was found beside Auma’s lifeless body that made them to authoritatively suspect that she was drunk at the time she met her demise.

However, he said the cause of Auma’s death can only be convincingly ascertained by postmortem.

Audio: Ocitti on Auma’s death (English)

A police officer at Angako police station who preferred anonymity because he is not allowed to talk to the press told our reporter that the fire that was set by a yet to be known person spread from many kilometres away from the scene crossing Lugumo stream that separates Alokolum and Kal parishes in Omoro district.

The police officer added that investigations were underway.

The law

Section 129 of the Penal Code Act states that “any person who willfully and unlawfully sets fire to or otherwise destroys or causes damage, commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.


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