Authorities in Luwero District are currently investigating the tragic demise of Isaac Rwothomiyo, a 25-year-old employee at Victoria Sugar factory in Ndibulungi village, Butuntumula Sub County.
The incident occurred around 9:00 am on Monday, with reports suggesting that Rwothomiyo was fatally crushed by machinery in the factory.
According to Mr. Sam Twineamazima, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson, preliminary investigations reveal that a pile of residual waste material known as bagasse, left after sugarcane crushing and utilized to heat the boiler, collapsed onto Rwothomiyo. Consequently, he slipped into the machinery, leading to his tragic death.
Prompted by a report from the Human Resource Officer, detectives from Luwero Central Police Station swiftly responded to the scene. The deceased’s remains were transported to Mulago Hospital mortuary for a postmortem examination.
Mr. Twineamazima highlighted the absence of safety measures during machine operation as a critical factor in the incident, placing workers at significant risk. Investigations are underway into the apparent negligence and oversight that contributed to the worker’s death, with statements from fellow workers being recorded to aid in the inquiry.
Notably, operations at the sugar factory have been temporarily suspended in the wake of the incident. The management of the factory has yet to provide a statement on the matter, leaving the community and stakeholders awaiting official comments on the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate event.