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Three people buried by Rubanda stone quarry

By the time of compiling this story, Kemigisha, who was critically injured was still admitted at Rugarama Hospital while the deceased had been handed over to the relatives.

RUBANDA, UGANDA: Two people Saturday died on spot and another one critically injured after they were buried by a stone quarry at Kiyoora stone quarry in Bubare Sub County of Rubanda District.

The deceased have been identified as Jonh Bosco Rwabyoma, Andrew Magara and the critically injured victim is Ambrose Kamugisha all residents of Karandagasi village, Kitumba Sub County of Kabale District.

Two of the victims were retrieved using holes and spades by locals whereas after failing to get the third one, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner Godfrey Nyakahuma called for the intervention of an excavator machine from Kabale District Local Government that took about 20 minutes to retrieve of the body of the third person.

According to eye witnesses led by Florence Tumwebaze and Julius Twesigomwe also a relative to the victims, victims had gone to carryout quarrying in the morning and when it rained at around 11:30 Am, they decided to lit fire to warm themselves under the quarry before it collapsed on them.

They however accused the police from Rubanda and Kabale Districts for delaying to appear on the scene to rescue the victims and using the chance of carrying a postmortem to extort money from family of the aggrieved.

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Nyakahuma who rushed to the scene of the accident said that he will engage his counterpart of Rubanda District to summon a crisis security meeting to come up with measures to protect people at the quarry from dying under similar circumstances.

By the time of compiling this story, Kemigisha, who was critically injured was still admitted at Rugarama Hospital while the deceased had been handed over to the relatives.

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In 2015, Kabale District Security Committee indefinitely banned quarrying activities in the district during the rainy season which was defied by people engaged in quarrying.

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