Candidates who turned up for Police recruitment in Arua.

Candidates who turned up for Police recruitment in Arua.

A professional teacher, Stephen Bwampu a resident of Nyahungu Village in Bundibugyo district has been the acting deputy head teacher for Christ Secondary School in Bundibugyo district. On Tuesday, he was among the top five best runners undertaking drills during the recruitment exercise.

?It was so unfortunate that one of our best applicants collapsed after a run. He was rushed to the Fort Portal regional Referral Hospital where he was pronounced dead,? Denis Namuwoza the regional police commander for Rwenzori told the New Vision.

Namuwoza said that according to a post-mortem report, Bwampu died of lung collapse.

?Upon arrival at the climax line, Bwampu fell down. He lacked oxygen and died shortly,? Namuwoza explained.

He disclosed that the Uganda Police Force will also meet all the burial expenses but the family will not be compensated since Bwampu had not yet started serving as a police officer.

Police deputy spokesperson, Polly Namaye said the institution cannot be held responsible for the incident since it mandatory that applicants must be in good health.

?We undertake our own medical examination to prove that someone is physically fit. The death is unfortunate but we are cannot be blamed for it,? she said.

On the nature of the screening exercise, Namaye explained that candidates are taken through a warm up exercise to prepare them for the medical checks.

She, however, noted that the screening of applicants across the country was going on smoothly, with 693 selected for the oral interviews that were completed Wednesday.

Meanwhile the regional police spokesperson Mugga Bakari has said that one person was arrested for presenting forged documents during the exercise.

?John Atuzalirwe from Kyarusozi Sub County in Kyenjojo district presented forged academic documents which were allegedly not corresponding with his age,? Bakari said.

Atuzalire claimed he was 25 years old yet the academic documents he presented read that he was 32 years old.

?The difference between the age that he claimed and that on the documents he had presented caused suspicion leading to his arrest,? Bakaro added.

By Rogers Sunday, The New Vision


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