Search For Missing Child Moves To Neighbouring Kotido

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In short
The incident happened last week at Nameri Bridge, connecting Kaabong Town council to Kaabong East Sub County, some 256 kilometres north west of Moroto town. Five people including a driver and four passengers were swept away after the vehicle they were traveling in suddenly halted into a fast-flowing river at the bridge.

A search for the body of a one-year old baby who drowned together with her mother in Kaabong district has been taken to the neighbouring Kotido district.
 
The incident happened last week at Nameri Bridge, connecting Kaabong Town council to Kaabong East Sub County, some 256 kilometres north west of Moroto town. Five people including a driver and four passengers were swept away after the vehicle they were traveling in suddenly halted into a fast-flowing river at the bridge.
 
The deceased have been identified as Alex Ochan, an accountant with Kaabong district health department, Sogol Nangiro, a female adult and an expectant mother named Teddy Adong. Others are Opoya George who survived and the missing baby, whose identities are still withheld. The victims were travelling in a green RAV car Registration number UAN 148Z heading to Kaabong town when the tragedy struck.
 
David Olweny, the in charge investigation department at Kaabong Central Police Station, confirms the search mission being underway. He says the search now is being conducted downstream in Kotido where the seasonal river joins others on the way into Napak and Katakwi districts. He however notes that the body of the mother, Sogol Nangiro, was found three kilometres away from the accident scene.
 
Irene Aceng, the police spokesperson for Karamoja, describes the tragedy as unfortunate advising road workers to erect pillars at Irish Bridge, where the road gets submerged.
 
In the past five years, more that more than 50 people have reportedly drowned at the same spot.

 

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.