Belly Mujinga Wiki – Biography
Belly Mujinga was working on the concourse of Victoria station in south-west London on the morning of 22 March when a man who said he had Covid-19 spat and coughed at her and a colleague. Within days of the assault, both women fell ill with the virus.
Angie Doll, the managing director of Southern Railway and Gatwick Express, which is owned by Govia, said: “We take any allegations extremely seriously, and we are investigating these claims. The safety of our customers and staff, who are key workers themselves, continues to be in front of mind at all times and we follow the latest government advice. We urge people only to travel if it is absolutely essential.”
A spokeswoman for Govia said official government advice at the time of the incident was that “PPE for our staff was not required”.
She added: “We have regularly briefed our people to keep washing their hands and to socially distance as far as possible while working.
Belly Mujinga Age
Belly Mujinga was 47 years old.
Husband And Children
Mujinga married to her husband Lusamba Gode Katalay. They have a daughter 11 years old.
Cause of Death
Katalay said his wife had an operation four years ago and had underlying respiratory problems. Within a week of the incident, she began to feel ill and was admitted to hospital on 2 April.
She was admitted to Barnet hospital and put on a ventilator but died on 5 April. Her cousin Agnes and a colleague who witnessed the incident said Mujinga had pleaded against working outside the protection of the ticket office without PPE.
They alleged her employers, Govia Thameslink, knew she had respiratory problems but still insisted she works on the concourse and interacts with passengers. They claimed she was also sent back to work on the concourse after the spitting incident despite physically shaking with the trauma of what had happened.
A colleague who witnessed the incident said: “We begged not to go out. We said ‘our lives are in danger’.”
But she said they were told they had to go out.
“We were told that we are not even allowed to put on masks,” the colleague added. “Govia has behaved recklessly and negligent. They have failed in their duty of care. We are treated like we are robots.”
Agnes said: “She shouldn’t have been sent out without any PPE. We want justice for Belly. They need to find the person who did it. And the company should compensate the family; her daughter doesn’t have a mother anymore. They should protect those who are left.”
“Anyone who is vulnerable should remain at home, and homeworking should be the default wherever possible. Our rail industry needs to have a very serious look at what tasks are deemed ‘essential’ and must put protections in place for all our members and our passengers.”
British Transport Police (BTP) has launched an investigation into the incident. It said: “Inquiries are ongoing and anyone who has any information is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 and quoting reference 359 of 11/05/20.”
Mujinga’s colleague, who did not want to be named, said: “She always made people smile. That’s what people will miss about Belly. She brought sunshine into the ticket office.”