Another Ugandan woman dies in Oman, body stuck in mortuary for three months

Saturday September 14 2019

Ugandan migrant workers in Oman are reportedly

Ugandan migrant workers in Oman are reportedly stuck with a body of one Sarah Achenyi who died three months ago. COURTESY PHOTO  

By Gabriel Buule

Ugandan migrant workers in Oman are reportedly stuck with a body of one Sarah Achenyi who died three months ago.
Achenyi who is reportedly from Bugiri District in eastern Uganda and a daughter to Mr Raphael Ofango died over under unclear circumstances, according to authorities in Oman’s capital Muscat.
A member of Uganda migrant workers in Oman identified as Ms Esther Babirye explained that Achenyi’s body has been wedged in the mortuary for three months now.

Ms Babirye says Achenyi’s employers failed to raise Shs 10m to facilitate arrangements to repatriate her body to Uganda for burial. On phone, Babirye said that the mortuary charges about Shs 50,000 each day the body stays there, which money is raised and paid by fellow migrant workers from Uganda.
She revealed that a member of Ugandan community in Oman approached Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies which contributed about Shs 4m to repatriate the body.
Ms Sarah Achenyi joins a list of several other Ugandans who have died in the Middle East under unclear circumstances.

Meanwhile, the remains of three Ugandans who died in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in recent months have been returned to the country. They are Moses Kiwanuka who died in Kuwait, Sara Nagawa and Sylvia Mutonyi who died in Saudi Arabia.
This brings to five the bodies flown in this week.
The circumstances under which they died are still being investigated but Police have indicated the need to further interrogate the conditions under which Ugandans work in the Middle East.

gbuule@ug.nationmedia.com

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