Mityana district police are currently conducting an investigation into the tragic deaths of three individuals at a coffee factory in the region. The three employees, identified as Collins Sseguya (21), James Kimbugwe (19), and Bashir Migala (25), were reportedly found deceased in the factory’s elevator shaft. It is suspected that they succumbed to suffocation within the shaft.
The incident was reported to the Mityana district Police fire station around midday on a Friday, following a call from Musa Mutagwa, the factory’s manager. The factory, known as Zigoti Coffee Works Limited, is situated in Zigoti South LC1, Zigoti town council. The fire prevention and emergency rescue team from Mityana responded promptly and successfully retrieved the bodies.
Initial findings from the police investigation suggest that the incident occurred while the coffee processing machine was operational, but it encountered a malfunction and was subsequently shut down. One of the employees, Kimbugwe, descended into the elevator shaft to investigate the issue but did not return. In response, Sseguya and Migala also descended in an attempt to rescue their colleague, but tragically, they did not make it back.
The ongoing investigation indicates that the cause of their deaths might be related to a lack of oxygen within the elevator shaft, resulting in suffocation. Subsequently, the bodies were transported to Mityana District Hospital for a postmortem examination as part of the investigative process.