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Death toll in Jinja funeral food poisoning rises to 4

Relatives rush the victims to the hospital

Relatives rush the victims to the hospital

Autopsy reports have confirmed traces of poison in the bodies of three people who died after eating food at a funeral in Jinja last week.

At least three mourners passed away shortly after the burial of Ahamad Magumba, the county Sheikh of Buyengo town council on February 11. The situation escalated further on February 15, when over 103 individuals presented similar complications such as stomachaches, diarrhoea, and dizziness, initially attributing them to malaria.

Now Kiira Regional police spokesperson, James Mubi, has disclosed that autopsy reports conducted on the deceased residents of Buyengo town Council in Jinja district have confirmed traces of poison. According to reports, an unidentified individual allegedly added poison to the food prepared for the mourners.

The deceased underwent postmortem examinations at Jinja regional referral hospital's mortuary, where Mubi stated that all exhibited ruptured livers and intestinal discharges, confirming poisoning as the primary cause of death.

Mubi says that food samples extracted from the saucepans and water used in the cooking process were sent to the government analytical laboratory for further analysis, but results are pending. Detectives have escalated their search for the suspect, with available leads progressively linking them to surrounding villages, according to Mubi.

Fatuma Aliyinza, a resident of Nawandyo village in Nawampiti sub-county, Luuka district, who still remains admitted at Jinja hospital, recounted being served food in a plastic bag, which she brought from home for her two children. Her two children, four-year-old Suleiman Byanguwa and Shamim Nangobi, were among the dead.

Meanwhile, Jinja resident district commissioner Richard Gulume reported that the death toll has risen to four people, with most patients discharged and receiving outpatient treatment. Gulume expressed optimism regarding the gradual recovery of the 20 critically ill individuals.

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