Body of Police Officer Retrieved from River

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In short
The body of a police officer who drowned in River Lolachat in Nakapiripirit district after a heavy downpour was on Wednesday afternoon found 50 metres downstream.

The body of a police officer who drowned on Tuesday in River Lolachat in Nakapiripirit district has been found. Augustine Kapolon's body was found downstream in River Lolachat on Wednesday evening.

Kapolon was swept by flash floods on Tuesday evening along Moroto-Mbale road in Lolachat Sub County while trying to cross the river on a motorcycle following a heavy down pour.
Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Region Police spokesperson says Kapolon's body was found during a joint search conducted by Police Officers and residents. The late Kapolon was attached to Morugatuny Anti-stock theft detachment.

At least 14 Uganda Peoples' Defence Force-UPDF soldiers and unspecified number of people have lost their lives in raging rivers in Karamoja region over the years.

Notable are Daily Monitor Journalists Rashid Mudeen and his colleague Richard Tebere who died in a seasonal river at Nakud'angolol in Kathile Sub County in Kaabong district on June 8, 1998 during the Karamoja cannon ball rally. 


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.