BY PATRICK JARAMOGI
GLASGOW|SHIFTMEDIA| The Uganda born Asylum seeker Mercy Baguma who was found dead next to her screaming and malnourished one-year-old son in the Glasgow Flat would have taken her life, new revelations have emerged.
The latest reports from Scotland where she had lived and worked for years indicate that Baguma’s limited leave to remain had expired and had rendered her jobless. Humanitarian agencies described her life as that of “extreme poverty”. Her neighbor described her as a jolly and calm lady but with hardships.
After her legal rights to work were scrapped, Baguma’s life deteriorated, and according to her sister, Hajara Nakendo, life became hard, forcing her to live in pain and anger.
The charity Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) said it understands that Ms. Baguma lost her job after her limited leave to remain expired and she was no longer allowed to work.
PAIH said that after living in “extreme poverty”, she claimed asylum and was relying on food from friends and charitable organisations. @acscotland volunteers had just provided food parcels to Mercy Baguma on Saturday 06/06/2020
But despite the hardships Mercy went through, well-wishers through the (Gofundme.com) will make her final send home memorable along with the life of her one-year-old son. (Below is the Gofundme message) that has so far raised £50,160 (Ugx244m).
We are devastated to share that Mercy Baguma passed away on Saturday 22nd, 2020. She was an amazing mother, sister, best friend, friend loved by all. Mercy was always positive and always put her family first, especially her son. Her smile made everyone so welcome and comfortable. Mercy had health Problems her death was sudden and unexpected. Mercy has left her one-year-old son and family back in Uganda. We are raising money to give her a proper send-off and something for her son. Please consider helping out her loved ones through this difficult time as they navigate this tragedy and move forward in life without her. Donations will go directly to her son, family to help with end of life costs and future expenses.
Born in Bugiri in Eastern Uganda, Baguma, who died aged 34, whom family members say had underlying health conditions had always been supportive of her family back home in Uganda.
Though police in Govan has described her death as “unexplained but not suspicious”, Mercy’s parents have demanded for an investigation into the death of their daughter. Her father Abdul Nakendo revealed on Saturday that a planned memorial service had been canceled. The memorial service was due to be held in Bugiri on Sunday.
“We can’t hold any prayers before we get results of investigations surrounding my daughters death from the UK authorities,” said Nakendo.
ShiftMedia News has gathered from sources in Scotland that the results of the post-mortem are expected out on Friday, September 4, 2020. Nakendo told family sources in Bugiri that preparations were in high gear to have their daughter flown back to Uganda within this week.
The £50,160 raised so far from over 60 wellwishers will according to the GOFUNDME.COM give Mercy Baguma a proper send-off and leave something for her one-year-old son.
According to sources in Glasgow, Mercy’s son was discharged from the hospital on Monday and is now reunited with his father, also a resident of Glasgow.