Family feud over Gaagaa bus accident victim cash



State House is still keeping the funeral expense money they were supposed to hand over to the family of the late Godfrey Olet, who perished in an accident involving Gaagaa bus and two other vehicles because the family members have failed to agree on who should receive the money.
Olet and 22 others died in the May 25 accident in Kiryadongo District involving a Gaagaa bus, a tractor and a trailer.
Government declared three days of mourning and offered Shs3m each to the accident victims and Shs5m to the families of the dead to cover the burial expenses.

State House speaks out
Ms Lucy Nakyoye, the State House comptroller, says while almost all the families have been paid, one family has not received the money, which is lying at Okello House in Nakasero.
She said the family of the late Olet raised an objection about the next of the kin, Mr Emmanuel Opolo, saying he should not collect the money and that they would nominate another person.
She said she received a call from Hamson Denis Obua, the Ajuri County MP blocking the payment.
“When I wanted to pay the person the family had forwarded to me as the next of kin, Obua called me and said there were issues with him and that I should not pay him. So I am still holding the money, but once they sort out their issues and forward to me another name, I will pay the money,” Ms Nakyobe said in a telephone interview yesterday.
However, Mr Opolot said he has never been informed by the family members that he is not the one to pick the money.
“During the burial, I was mandated to collect all the condolence money and I picked that one from Centenary Bank and other people. The clan sat and agreed that I should handle all the collections, so I am not aware of any other changes because no one has communicated to me,” he said.
Mr Opolot said he has been in touch with Mr Obua and has never been briefed about any changes.
Mr Christopher Opio, the uncle to both Mr Opolot and the deceased, said the clan has no problem with Mr Opolot collecting the money.

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