Two children drowned over the weekend while swimming in a community valley dam in Luwero district. The deceased pupils are 11-year-old Mark Muwanguzi, a Primary Four pupil at Child Care Primary School, and Felix Lukyamuzi, who completed primary seven recently.
Both children were living with their parents at Kikoko village in Makulubita sub-county. According to Assistant Superintendent of Police Sam Twiineamazima, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson, the incident occurred on July 30th, 2023. It was reported that the father of Muwanguzi, identified as Pastor Francis Kakande, had left him at home to attend church.
He explains that Muwanguzi was joined by his friend Lukyamuzi, who convinced him to collect firewood in the forest and go for a swim in the dam. As the day went on, the two children did not return home, raising concerns among their parents and residents of the village. “The parents and residents embarked on the hunt for the whereabouts of the missing children only to find their clothes abandoned at the dam. One of the residents was able to swim and retrieved the bodies at around 10: 00 pm,” Twiineamazima said.
Authorities from Bombo Police Station arrived at the scene and transferred the bodies to Luwero Hospital for postmortem examination. In May this year, two pupils from St. Bonaventure Mulajje Primary School in Bamunanika sub-county also drowned in a dam while fishing. The victims were identified as Denis Lukwago, aged 12, and Jordan Mukisa, aged 11, both in primary three. Earlier in the same month, another child drowned in a fish pond at Kalongo Miti zone in Luwero town.