Police probe mysterious death of S.4 student at Kiira College Butiki

Jinja, (UG):- The Territorial Police in Jinja District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of a senior four student at Kiira College Butiki, who allegedly fell down from his bed after suffering from a headache on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

The deceased student has been identified as Joshua Lukonda, 17, a son of Mr Mulabbi Stephen, a resident of Buwongo village, Nsinze Sub County in Namutumba District.

According to Kiira Regional Police Spokesperson, SP James Mubi, preliminary police findings state that the student experienced a headache on Sunday afternoon and sought medical attention from the school dispensary before returning to his bed in the dormitory where he fell down from his bed in the night at around 7:50 pm.

“The student felt a serious headache on Sunday, March 24, 2024, he went to the school dispensary to seek medical services and he was given Panadol. He went back to his dormitory until 1950/C when he allegedly fell from his bed,” SP Mubi said in a Tuesday statement.

After realizing that the situation had turned beyond management of the school dispensary when the student’s heartbeat was extremely high, an Ambulance was called to ferry the patient to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital but unfortunately died along the way to the health facility.

“Unfortunately the patient died along the way to the hospital,” Mubi said, adding that police were yet to retrieve the postmortem report from the Jinja hospital mortuary where the body was still kept by press time.

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In the wake of the development, Police have since cautioned all schools, including Kindergartens, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Jinja to always have a standby medical team including laboratory technicians and also report minor and serious illnesses to respective parents in time, and make referrals where need be rather than waiting for the worst situation to happen.

Mr Mubi also advised schools and other authorities handling learners to ensure that all people that get in touch with learners or students undergo child policy and safety courses and as well do periodic reviews.

He further tasked the school administrations to closely monitor the students’ behaviors and relentlessly prohibit bad practice at the schools like bullying, homosexuality, fighting, stealing, and use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, among others.

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By press time, the body was still lying at the mortuary pending postmortem examination before handing it over to relatives for burial arrangements.

DailyExpress has understood that the deceased was buried today, Wednesday, March 27, at his ancestral home in Buwongo village, Nsinze sub-county in Namutumba district.

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