“Why Now “? Do you call me at this God forsaken time of the night Omongole shouts back into the ‘Phone, I just got a few a hours to sleep on my day of and you spoil my sleep? Do you know how often Mama Apedun gets to see me for this long? Lakini Okiror: do you really know how tired I am? “Yes sir!’ Okirior blurts out… clearly shaken. Okay! what’s reason you spoil my sleep?
Ariokot has been taken to hospital: Badly beaten. “ You mean the Ariokot who sell’s Ajono at the yard Omongole asks? Yes Sir that one.. And who beat her up? “The Husband” Okiror answers! We’ve arrested him! And his got a knife wound in his stomach! Ariokot stabbed him as she tried to get away.. hope he was taken o the hospital too! Yes he was arrested; Afande Bankunda is with him cuffed to his bed. He’s been stabilized now…
“Am on my way” Omongole says as he hangs up, as he gets out of bed. Jacinta his wife awake now from the animated and fairly loud phone chat: Mumbles something to him as he gets up to pick up some clothing. Not caring to even put on his Uniform just his jeans a Police centennial celebration T-shirt and his Police supplied boots, and he was out of the house. Since the hospital is close to his home he chose to just walk there after all there was no agency to the case. Ariokot was in hospital and Her husband Mr. Mukasa is in Police custody at the hospital. He mused to himself, Hospitals can be Prisons too
At the Hospital he asks for where the lady who’s been beaten by the husband she’s still in the theatre, she’s lucky the surgeon hadn’t left, he stayed. He’s now fixing her up… But you can go to the end of the corridor turn left that’s where she is. “Thanks Nurse” Omongole says. As he heads out in t he direction given… as he gets to the Room Bakunda who’s standing By the Recovery Room 1 salutes Omongole.. “You’re Welcome Afande” as Omongole says to him good Morning’ “ why don’t you go and rest” I doubt Mukasa is Going anywhere soon” Thank you Afande….” Where is Okiror?” Omongole asks before Bakunda leaves… “He went back to the station” “Okay” will meet him there. Omongole opens the door to the recovery room and finds a Nurse attending to Mr Mukasa, in the room is also an elderly lady very quietly waiting for the Nurse to complete her Job. “I am Detective Omongole from the police station nearby”
He introduces himself to no one in particular, just then the quiet elderly lady gets out of her seat and turns to Omongole and asks if Ariokot has been arrested? “Why should she be arrested?” Mukasa quietly asks? “ But she tried to kill you” The lady answers….. “She’s my Mother” Mukasa tells Omongole.
“Is it okay if I speak to the patient?” Omongole asks the Nurse.. not now she answers. Waiting for the doctor to check him out first before we can allow you to ask many questions… “why haven’t you arrested her yet?” Mukasa’s Mother asks again.. because she’s not in position to be arrested yet. She’s badly injured. And doctors are trying to stabilize her.. So Don’t Worry well investigate..
“It was my fault” Mukasa said! loud enough for everyone in the room to hear… “Keep quiet” his mothers barks at him… “Lady maybe we should let Mukasa rest” No am not getting out she replies… “Then I’ll have to arrest you for disturbing the peace of a patient” He says well aware there is no ground for him to arrest her. Somehow it works and she leaves the room, and sits on the benches provided under a shade near the room.
To be continued