By Walter Amandu and Norman Katende
Former World Steeple chase gold medalist Dorcus Inzikuru did not attend the burial of her estranged husband Bosco Martin Acidri 38, on Wednesday.
When contacted yesterday, Inzikuru who was in Kapchorwa at the time of Acidri's death, said she could not travel to Arua and be there on time for burial.
“I was informed, but there was a poor connection and with the state of my leg, I cannot subject it to long travels. I will fix sometime and travel to Arua to pay my last respects,” Inzikuru said.
The gold medalist who has been off the track for over three months, having picked up a knee injury three weeks to the International Association of Athletics Federation world championships that were held in Moscow in July. Inzikuru also said that she will not be taking part in the national half marathon championships due In Kapchorwa.
“I have not yet healed. I am taking extra precaution,” she said.
Acidri was buried at his ancestral home in Adibu Drajibu village, Adraa parish, offaka Sub County in Arua district. Acidri succumbed to a combination of ailments that included severe anemia, liver cirrhosis, portal hypertension and Hepatitis B. He died at about 5:00pm on Monday shortly after blood was secured for transfusion for him at Arua regional referral hospital.
Acidri was an accounts assistant at Kuluva Hospital before moving to Adumi health center IV and finally worked at Arua district as focal person for health information management system for two years before he passed on.
He customarily married Inzikuru earlier but had a bitter matrimonial breakdown in February 2012 after Inzikuru allegedly found a strange woman in her bedroom. This prompted her to vandalize their matrimonial house at Komite village, Pajulu sub-county, Arua district.
Speaking during the burial, the Arua Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Grace kisembo challenged people to take serious precautions against the epidemic which has swept the entire west Nile region.
"Please fellow mourners, let us guard against this disease which is becoming endemic in the region. I am told it can be more deadly than HIV/AIDS but can be controlled," he said.
Meanwhile the district health officer Patrick Anguzu said Acidri worked until the time he fell sick. He said hepatitis B vaccines are too expensive to be administered to everyone in the country.
He however stated that children as old as 12 years are already receiving the vaccine as well as medical workers whom he said handle so many people which could have exposed them to risk of infection if the vaccines are not administered to them.
Acidri is survived by two wives and two children.