Ministry of Health officials and the police in Uganda are investigating circumstances under which a Kenyan trucker was found dead.
The driver, identified as Mr. Samuel Kinyua, was on Saturday found inside the cabin of his track at Busitema revenue checkpoint in Busia District in Uganda lying dead by his colleague, Mr. Paul Njoroge.
Busia District Police Commander, Eriya Elepot, confirmed the incidence and noted preliminary investigations into the death of the 35-year old driver established he died of natural causes.
He, however, said that they are working with the medical team to further establish the cause of death.
The deceased’s friend, Njoroge, said he had stopped his truck to greet him, only to be shocked to find his lifeless body inside the truck’s cabin.
According to sources, Kinyua had parked his truck, registration number KAT 578 at the Busitema checkpoint on Friday evening, while heading to Nairobi from Kampala and was complaining that he was not feeling well.
The police commander cordoned off the area as he waited for a team from the Busia District Covid-19 taskforce to arrive and check if he could have been Covid-19 infected.
The death of the trucker caused panic and starred tension among the area locals who speculated that he succumbed to the dangerous Covid-19.
Upon arrival at the scene, the Covid-19 taskforce team led by Dr. Yusuf Lule first fumigated the truck before proceeding to the cabin where the body was lying.
Documents found in the truck indicated that he had crossed into Uganda through the Malaba border on a week ago, ferrying bags of hydrogen carbonate to Kikajo in Kampala.
The team said the cause of death was still unknown but assured the public that they would work with the police to establish what killed the Kenyan from Nyeri County.
No coronavirus document was found in the truck to establish the driver’s status.