Luweero Mortuary Attendants Take Drastic Action Over Unpaid Allowances

LUWERO,(UG)-Staff members at Luweero Town Council were on the morning of Wednesday the 6th of December,2023 welcomed by a heavy stench after mortuary attendants dumped two decomposing corpses at their offices in protest against non-payment of their wages and disrespect.

The foul smell from the decomposing human corpses caused more scare as residents kept a distance from the Town Council Offices until the protesting mortuary attendants retrieved the bodies after a brief meeting with officials from the town council.

Rashida Namatovu, a resident of Kiwogozi zone in Luweero Town Council who blamed officials for failing to clear allowances of the mortuary attendants, revealed that while the protest was genuine, the action caused discomfort to many people, causing more scare to children in specific.

But the mortuary attendants supported their action claiming that they are not given the body bags among other materials required to safely move the unclaimed bodies to the public cemetery for burial.

The mortuary attendants accuse the Luweero Town Council authorities of failing to pay their respective allowances between the months of April and November 2023 totalling Shs990,000 per person. But Luweero Town Council Vice Chairperson, Nathan Lumu, in a brief interview with journalists claimed that the delay in having the allowances cleared is a result of the late release of funds by the government, and the small revenue resource envelope at the town council.

Early this year, the Luweero Hospital management had appealed to the district authorities over the increasing costs incurred in managing the human bodies at the mortuary that remain unclaimed for more than 3 days.