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Teso police deny negligence claims over recruit’s death

04 August 2014, 20:17 JANE ZACK

Teso - North police have denied negligence claims over the death of a 27-year-old man during the recent recruitment exercise.

Joshua Okaka collapsed 20 metres to the finish line during recruitment exercise on July 14, but remained under a mango tree at Amagoro Primary School unattended for four hours.

He died three days later after his condition worsened at home where he was recuperating after being discharged from Angurai health centre where he was admitted for one day.

Emotions ran high on Saturday during his burial at Adanya village inAngurai location with church leaders, MCAs and family members blaming the police over the recruit’s death.

Busia MCA Maurice Chetambe, Bishop David Osangir of World Harvest Church and the deceased father Faustin Okaka claimed the police abandoned their kin after he fell during the exercise.

“Three recruits collapsed but two others were rushed to Kocholia District hospital leaving Okaka writhing in pain until 6pm when his friends took him home.

 “What we could do if somebody becomes wild and chases away our officers who tried to help him into the vehicle ready to be rushed to Kocholia district hospital, he asked.

Area police boss Lucas Ogara while dismissing the negligence claims said the man became wild after collapsing and refused to be taken to hospital by officers who responded to the distress call.

Chetambe told the police to ensure that future recruits were allowed to run the 6km race for men and 4km for women upon production of medical certificate.

However, Ogara rubbished the proposal saying the rules and regulations demanded from potential recruits is that they must be medically and physically fit to be eligible to participate in the exercise.

The deceased father Faustin said he had decided to forgive the ‘negligent ‘officers since any action will not return the life of his son.

No postmortem was carried out on the body. Faustin said he could not afford the postmortem fee which could have revealed the cause of his son’s death.

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