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MOYO: Tragedy befalls family as two siblings drown in River Nile

Calamity struck the family of Mr Wilson Adebasiku, a resident of Pakonira West village in Panyanga parish in Laropi sub-county Moyo district after his two sons drowned in River Nile on Tuesday evening.

MOYO, UGANDA: Calamity struck the family of Mr Wilson Adebasiku, a resident of Pakonira West village in Panyanga parish in Laropi sub-county Moyo district after his two sons drowned in River Nile on Tuesday evening.

According to family sources, the two brothers Aliga Godfrey, 30, and his follower, Idro Martin, 20, had gone fishing at Siria fishing ground in River Nile when a heavy downpour characterized by heavy wind wrecked their canoe and without a stand-by rescue team or operation in place, the helpless siblings succumbed to death by drowning.

The bereaved father Adebasiku Wilson speaking to DailyExpress revealed that when his sons failed to show up on Wednesday morning the suspicious and alarmed village members.

He adds that a search was mounted for the missing duo which led to the discovery of the floating body of Idro Martin at around 4:00 pm and was buried the same day.

Another body of Aliga Godfrey was retrieved on Thursday morning, July 13, 2023, at around 8:00 am and was transported to Mungula, Itirikwa sub-county in Adjumani district for burial.

The police public relations officer North West Nile ASP Dragudu Ignatius who doubles as the community liaison officer in Moyo district revealed that the local authorities and the relatives of the deceased did not inform police of the incident but said investigations to ascertain the true cause of the death of the two siblings.

Authorities in Panyanga Parish, however, refuted the claims of the police attesting that they informed the office of Laropi sub-county chairperson and that even the GISO in the sub-county Mr Mindra Geoffrey attended the burial of a 20-year-old sibling.

Parents of the deceased speaking to this reporter ruled out foul play but pledged their unwavering support to the police in the course of their investigations.

The helpless mother of the duo, Juliet Ewia, 46, said what she least expected has befallen her and prayed to God for strength and complete recovery as she is in a situation of total fear and nervousness.

Ms Ewia revealed that her younger son had completed O’Level last year and was dreaming of becoming a social worker while the elder son received his firstborn baby the same year.

May their souls rest in eternal peace.

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