Masindi District is in mourning following the tragic death of Dr. Jino Abiriga, who had been serving as the acting district health officer (DHO). Dr. Abiriga, also an obstetrician at Masindi Hospital, was discovered dead in a neighbor’s compound in Kijura North, Central Division, Masindi Municipality, with injuries to his neck and abdomen.
The distressing incident came to light when the deceased’s wife found his lifeless body in the neighbor’s compound around 6:00 am on Sunday. Sources reveal that Dr. Abiriga had received a midnight call to attend to a patient, but he never returned home. Eyewitnesses speculate that he may have been murdered elsewhere, with the body later dumped in the neighbor’s compound.
The unexpected death has left the community in shock, as many had recently seen Dr. Abiriga at a wedding party in Kisengya Cell, Nyangahya Division Masindi Municipality on January 6, 2024.
Security agencies, including a Police sniffer dog and homicide team, swiftly initiated investigations at the scene. Residents, political leaders, and technocrats gathered at his home to verify the heartbreaking news.
Expressing their grief, community members and leaders remembered Dr. Abiriga for his dedicated service, especially in maternal healthcare. Betty Kyomuhendo, the deputy mayor of Masindi Municipality, eulogized him, saying, “Dr. Abiriga, you’re irreplaceable. What a loss to the district and the country at large. We shall forever miss you.”
Joab Businge, the Masindi Municipality MP, lamented the unfortunate loss, describing Dr. Abiriga as a victim of conflicts in the district. Moses Kiirya, the Masindi District Council speaker, emphasized the substantial impact of losing the committed doctor who had served in both the hospital and as DHO.
Residents, including Robert Akugizibwe and Lydia Nyakato, called for a thorough investigation into Dr. Abiriga’s death, emphasizing his exceptional care and dedication to mothers. Simon Peter, the LCI Chairperson of Kijura North, expressed surprise at the tragic turn of events, citing the absence of any known conflicts involving the deceased.
At the time of his death, Dr. Abiriga had served as acting DHO for approximately two years and had dedicated nearly three decades to working as a gynecologist at Masindi Hospital. In his mid-50s, he also owned a private clinic called Wanainchi Clinic in Masindi town.