By Anne Mugisa
and Gladys Kalibbala
TEN more people, one of them a UPDF soldier, died in as many days after drinking poisonous waragi in Katabi in Entebbe, authorities said. The deaths come shortly after the health ministry banned sachet-packed waragi, which is suspected to have the deadly methanol.
The Government also suspended the licences of waragi makers and asked them to apply afresh. The measures followed the death of 19 people across the country due to the gin.
The Katabi, Busambaga LC1 chairman, George William Kasibante, identified the dead in Entebbe as Joseph Kyakuwa, Medard Lubega, Wasswa and Bwete. The others, he said, are Charles Lwanga, Echolo, the army man, Elison, Lazaro Nkusi, Kiyaga and Kenneth Ssalongo.
Kasibante said the dead were known to frequent small drinking joints commonly called (bufunda). The dead, he added, presented familiar symptoms which start with sudden loss of vision, followed by fever and vomiting and death within hours.
The Entebbe municipal medical officer, Dr. John Kalyesubula, said samples from the victims had been taken for checking. Meanwhile, Kasibante is today meeting the residents, including the soldiers of Katabi Barracks, to discuss the issue.