Rock crushes Karimojong woman miner to death

A 30-year-old Karimojong mother, who was mining stones used in the manufacture of cement, was last week crushed to death by a rock at Mount Moroto.

Lokiru Pussi died at 9:00am as she scooped stones out of a crater in Rupa mining area in Moroto district.

She was a wife to Ituwo Pacholi, a resident of Atopojo village in Rupa sub-county.

A witness said Pussi died after a big stone fell on her.

Another miner identified as Teddy Nakiru said she alerted colleagues to rescue Pussi, but they could not do much since the stone was too huge.

“Pussi died instantly, leaving her three-month-old baby lying besides the pit,” Nakiru said.

She attributed Pussi’s death to weakening of the area, saying the soil was being removed yet the ground was wet.

“We informed Pussi’s relatives who rushed to the Police to report the matter,” Nakiru added.

Meanwhile, the Karamoja regional Police spokesman, George Obia, advised the miners to be careful when mining stones.

“Whenever you go for mining, go in groups,” Obia said.

The deceased is survived by three children.

Pussi’s remains were taken to Moroto Hospital mortuary awaiting burial.


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