Hope for Finding Drowned Chinese National Fades

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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says that the marine unit of the police is continuing the search, upstream and downstream, but is yet to come across any possible clue.

The hope of finding the body of a Chinese national who drowned near the Karuma Dam construction site in Kiryandongo district is fading as the search goes through the fifth day.
The 40-year-old Chinese only identified as Fang, disappeared in the fast running waters of the River Nile after midnight on Friday October 14.

It's reported that a 28-seater Coaster registration number UAN 859H which he was reversing slewed into the fast running water near the outfall site at the dam.

The vehicle was retrieved from under 25 meters deep in the water on Sunday afternoon.
Fang was a foreman at Sinohydro Corporation, a Chinese company contracted to construct the 600 Megawatt power dam.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says that the marine unit of the police is continuing the search, upstream and downstream, but is yet to come across any possible clue.

Emmanuel Nyalo, the Human resource manager for Sinohydro Corporation says that efforts by the local divers have also been in vain.

Fang is the second person to drown in the River Nile but also the third Chinese to have died at the site. One was killed by a hippopotamus in September last year while another committed suicide at the end of July 2016.

There are over 1000 Chinese nationals and close to 5000 Africans working on the project.

In a related development, the bodies of the two fishermen who drowned on Lake Albert in Kagadi district at the weekend have been retrieved from the waters.

The Albertine Region Police Spokesman Julius Hakiza says that the bodies of John Mugisa and John Ssemujju, all fishermen at Nyasonga landing site in Ndaiga Sub County were found floating on the waters on Monday evening.

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.