Tragic Loss: Makerere University Mourns the Passing of First-Year Education Student

KAMPALA,(UG)-Makerere University was yesterday gripped in shock after a student from the College of Education and External Studies was found dead in her room at one of the university halls of residence.

Patricia Ochola Erik, from Otuke District, was a first year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with Education, and awaiting to sit for her end of second semester exams that commence next week.

While sources that preferred anonymity in order to speak freely said the late Ochola was found dead in her room at Africa Hall, the university management gave a conflicting account when they told our reporter last evening that she died on arrival at the university hospital.

The anonymous sources added that her roommates also learned about it in the morning after they had tried to wake her up in vain.Ochola had epilepsy, a condition that her relatives think could have claimed her life. The university now awaits a postmortem report from Mulago National Referral Hospital to ascertain the cause of her death.

The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, and Winifred Kabumbuli, the Dean of Students, condoled with the bereaved family, describing Ochola as an industrious student and very active at her college where she was the coordinator of her literature class.