BUSABALA: Pupil, 9, drowns after going to swim on Lake Victoria

Rescue teams in action at one of the lakes in Uganda

WAKISO, (UG): Police have confirmed that a nine-year-old pupil of Busabala Primary School in Wakiso district drowned in Lake Victoria where he had gone swimming with his little sister on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased identified as Moses Kusasira, 9, a resident of Busabala-Kazi zone in Makindye-Ssabagabo is said to have gone missing with his 6-year-old sister identified as Joy Angel Namanya, who is also a pupil at the same school. However, he drowned during their swimming activity on the lake.

According to Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, despite strong warnings from Moses Kyakuwa, the father of the two children, they (the kids) went against his warning and escaped to go swimming in the absence of an adult.

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Mr Owoyesigyire says at approximately 1:30 PM on August 9, 2023, Kibiri Police Station received information from an anonymous source regarding a suspected drowning incident in the Busabala-Kazi zone of Makindye Ssabagabo Division, Wakiso District.

“Tragically, Kusasira Moses drowned during their swimming activity, despite strong warnings from their father, Kyakuwa Moses, a 46-year-old bodaboda rider, against swimming in the absence of an adult,” said ASP Owoyesigyire in a statement on Wednesday evening.

He added that a case of suspected drowning registered at Kibiri B Police Station is now being investigated under the designation.

“The scene of the incident was visited, examined, documented, and sketched by the Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO),” he added.

Statements have been recorded from relevant witnesses, including the biological father of the deceased. Ongoing inquiries are being conducted to gather additional information related to this incident.

Meanwhile, the body of the deceased was by press time transported to the city mortuary at Mulago Hospital for autopsy, while Joy Angel Namanya, the survivor, has been taken to Mulago Hospital for further medical treatment.

Owoyesigyire urged the public, especially parents and guardians, to be cautious when children engage in water-related activities and to ensure their safety by providing proper supervision.

“We extend our condolences to the family of Kusasira Moses during this difficult time. Further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.”

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The incident comes at a time when marine police unit is still on a search mission on the same lake to recover the missing bodies of the people who perished when the boat they were travelling in capsized due to the strong winds on August 2.

It is estimated that about 25 passengers were on the ill-fated boat but police have so far recovered 15 bodies in the ongoing search mission.

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