A train ticket office worker who died of the corona virus after being spit on while on duty was “a good person, a good mother and a good wife” who took care of everyone, the widower said.
Belly Mujinga, who has an 11-year-old daughter, was at Victoria Station in London on March 22 when a member of the community said she had Covid-19 and coughed on her and a colleague.
The two women fell ill with the virus within days of the attack, and Mujinga died in a hospital in Barnet on April 5.
Downing Street described the attack as “despicable”, while British Transport Police are now looking for suspects – seven weeks later – amid suggestions that bosses on the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) initially failed to call emergency services for the incident, despite requests from Mujinga for Mujinga’s request. .
Her husband, Lusamba Gode Katalay, told the PA news agency how the suspect approached Mujinga and spit in his face.
He said: “The man asked him what he was doing, why he was there, and he said they were working.
“The man said he had a virus and spit on them. They report it to their supervisor. Belly came home and told me everything. “
Mr Katalay said his wife had surgery four years ago and had an underlying respiratory problem. Within a week of the incident, he began to feel sick and was admitted to the hospital on April 2.
“That was the last time I saw him,” said Mr Katalay. “We just said, ‘Be good,’ and God is in charge.
“We made a WhatsApp video at the hospital, but then I didn’t hear from him again. I thought he might be asleep, but the doctor called me to tell me that he had died. “
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “It is despicable for key workers to be attacked in this way while serving the traveling public.
“Our thoughts are with Mrs. Mujinga’s family at this terrible time.”
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps told MPs the latest figures show 42 Transport for London (TfL) workers were killed along with Covid-19, in addition to 10 Network Rail staff.
Katalay said: “She is a good person, a good mother, and a good wife. He gives friendship to many people. He is a caring person and will take care of everyone. “
Ms. Mujinga was originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to England in 2000.
Her husband and daughter Ingrid are two of only 10 people who were allowed to attend her funeral on April 29.
Its union, the Transportation Salary Staff Association (TSSA), has reported the incident to the Railway Inspectorate, the Road and Railroad Safety Office (ORR), for investigation, and is taking legal advice.
TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortes said: “We were shocked and devastated at Belly’s death. He was one of too many frontline workers who lost their lives due to the corona virus.
“There are serious questions about his death, that is inevitable.
“As a vulnerable person in the ‘risk’ category, and his condition is known by his employer, there is a question as to why he has not resigned from the frontline duties since the beginning of this pandemic.
“Instead of talking about loosening of the lockdown, the Government must first ensure that appropriate preventive and protective measures have been taken so that more lives are not lost.
“Our railroad industry must have a very serious view on what tasks are considered ‘important’ and must provide protection for all our members and passengers.”
Angie Doll, managing director of Southern Railway and Gatwick Express, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “We are devastated because our dedicated colleague, Belly, has died and our deepest sympathy is with her family with whom we have connected through things this.” hard time. “
He said the company was investigating claims about the way staff handled the Mujinga case, adding: “We take the allegations very seriously.”
A BTP spokesman said: “The British Transport Police have now launched an investigation into the report of two train staff members who were spit at while working at London Victoria station on March 22.”
Anyone who has information is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 405040 and quoting reference 359 from 11/05/20.
A fundraising page for Ms. Mujinga’s family has been prepared at de.gofundme.com/f/rip-belly-mujinga
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