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Police Recover body of British citizen who drowned in the Nile saving son

Kaweesi, 48, who had just wedded his wife Ms. Justine Katantazi early this month jumped into the river to desperately try to save his 12-year-old son who got into difficulty swimming.

Robert Kaweesi, 48, from Birminghamdied while on holiday in Uganda when they went swimming.

Police have Friday morning confirmed that the body of Robert Kaweesi, a UK citizen who drowned in River Nile on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation.

Kaweesi, 48, who had just wedded his wife Ms. Justine Katantazi early this month jumped into the river to desperately try to save his 12-year-old son who got into difficulty swimming.

The deceased and their four children were staying at Gipir and Labongo Safari Lodge located along the bank of River Nile in Pakwach town council when tragedy struck.

According to the West Nile region police spokesperson, Ms. Josephine Angucia, Kaweesi’s body was Friday morning retrieved from the nile by police divers and handed over to Pakwach Health Centre for postmortem.

“The body of Robert Kaweesi has just been recovered by Police divers from River Nile. They are in the process of transferring the body to Pakwach health centre IV pending postmortem,” she said.

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Ms Katantazi the widow told BBC that her husband was a UK citizen of Ugandan origin who worked as a refrigeration and air-conditioning contractor, and was trying to save their son when he disappeared.

After spending a night at the lodge where they went for vacation, the following day he decided to swim with some of his family including his 12-year-old son.

“When they went swimming in the river, the son was overpowered by the waves. The deceased wanted to rescue his son but instead drowned and his son was saved,” police said.

After the postmortem at Pakwach, Angucia said the body will be handed over to the family for burial arrangements.

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