Two Boys Drown In Valley Dam

1840 Views Moroto, Uganda

In short
The children were collecting water to drink when they fell in the dam and died.

Two children have drowned in a valley dam in Moroto, as they tried to collect drinking water.
The children drowned in Namanang dam, along Moroto-Kitale road in Tapac sub-county in Moroto district.
Police have identified the deceased as 16-year old Longora and 12-year old Lotukei Apungai, all residents of Tapac trading centre.

Moroto District Police Commander, George Obia blames the incident on parents who allow their children to go herding alone.

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John Bosco Moru, the Tapac sub-county chief says initially the dam had been fenced off, but the fesne was destroyed exposing children.

Namanang Valley dam is among the parish water reservoirs constructed in Karamoja by the Office of the Prime Minister. 

Parts of Karamoja region are experiencing a dry season, amid el-nino threats in other parts of Uganda.


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.