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KANUNGU: Seven People Die Over Suspected Waragi Poison

The alcohol is believed to be coming from outside the district since some people have been spotted at night carrying jerricans.

Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju has revealed that his office together with health officials are investigating circumstances under which 7 people in Nyaruhungye village, in Nyamirama Sub County died in a period of one week.

Rugaju made this revelation Saturday where he confirmed that police has since started investigations into the matter to establish what killed the 7 people so suddenly.

Rugaju remarks come after Katete Sub County Chairman Johnson Friday told a monthly meeting of Sub County Chairmen, Chiefs, Town Clerks and Mayors that met at Kihihi Sub County that 13 people had died in his Sub County due to yet to be known causes.

Friday said that the people are suspected to have consumed local alcohol (waragi) that was mixed up with roundup chemical meant for spraying animals which could have caused their death.

The Sub County leaders all over the district agreed to intensify the investigations into the matter so that the origin and cause of death of these people is established and stopped.

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The LC3 chairpersons, Sub county Chiefs and town clerks informed the Deputy RDC that some people with mixing waragi with acaricides and local herbs.

The alcohol is believed to be coming from outside the district since some people have been spotted at night carrying jerricans.

The Sub County leaders requested the Deputy RDC to mobilize his security team to immediately arrest these people ferrying waragi into the District.


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