Three Drown In Karamoja

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John Omwony, the officer in charge of the crime desk at Moroto Central Police station describes the incident as unfortunate to the families. He says Karamoja is currently experiencing weather changes that have to be adapted by the community. Similarly, a primary pupil of Army Primary has been named as one Nakiru.

Three people including two minor herders and a primary one pupil drowned in a pond and fast flowing river in Moroto and Kotido districts respectively. The herders met their death at Nabokat cattle community pond in Naitakwae parish in Nadunget Sub County in Moroto district, some five kilometres West of Moroto town On Thursday. The pair was herding goats and sheep before opting for a cold bath in the nearby pond.
 
Police have identified the deceased as 6-year-old Loumo and 8 year-old Lolim. The other victim is Nakiru Nambafu, a primary one pupil of Army Primary school in Kotido district. Nambafu drowned in Dopeth River in Kotido town council North West of Moroto district. John Omwony, the officer in charge of the crime desk at Moroto Central Police station describes the incident as unfortunate to the families. He says Karamoja is currently experiencing weather changes that have to be adapted by the community.
 
He says the rivers and water ponds are also full to capacity. He advises parents to take charge of looking after animals so as to avoid such sad scenarios. Meanwhile, a 40 year-old woman has lost her child to a violent river after she attempted to commit suicide in Nakapiripirit district. The incident happened at Napenenya River, some 98 kilometres South West of Moroto town. Police have identified the victim as Leah Napeyok, a housewife and resident of Namalu trading centre.
 
She is admitted at Tokora Health 3 as efforts are on to find the missing child. An eye witness, Nakut says that Napeyok attempted to end her life because of failing to take care of her family of nine children.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.