Zombo, (UG): The community at Aringu Village, Dwonga Ward – Paidha Town Council in Zombo District is mourning the untimely demise of one of their own, Stephen Okethwengu who perished in a motor accident while returning from a football tournament.
DailyExpress understands that Okethwengu, a 19-year-old football fan had journeyed on Sunday, December 10, to spectate the West Nile regional games between Paidha Black Angels SC and Nebbi Central FC when the motorcycle accident happened at a place in Jupangira subcounty, Nebbi District.
The trio including the now deceased are said to have disembarked from a motorcycle that was transporting them after it ran out of fuel and they opted to trek little. During their trek, it is reported that Okethwengu was knocked from behind by an unidentified motorcyclist who was not apprehended at the scene of crime.
Mr Innocent Olokkitu, Eyewitness and companion to the now deceased narrated to DailyExpress on Monday morning how cyclists were unwilling to rush the now deceased and they offered a mobile phone as collateral property to guarantee transportation.
“He hit his head and was bleeding profusely from the nose, mouth and most of the motorists who bypassed us were unwilling to help rush him to the hospital as soon as possible as they demanded cash for transport which we didn’t have at that moment until a sympathizer offered a mobile phone as collateral,” Olokkitu told this publication.
The sudden demise of the young adult has ignited grief in the majority of the local football fans within Paidha town council, as road accidents are almost becoming a routine and mostly stemming from the uncontrolled excitements executed using motorcycles and at times vehicles.
The neighbouring communities now are condoling with the family of the deceased as Mr Stephen Ayunga, neighbour to the deceased’s family revealed how they received the news of the accident at around 8 pm through a phone call and the mother of the deceased spontaneously trekked to Goli Health Centre IV to ascertain the health condition and later on the were informed the boy was confirmed dead.
By press time, no details were available to clarify the cause of death as postmortem results were not yet processed.
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