Child found dead in shallow well

Children draw water from a source in rural Uganda. Such a water source puts the lives of children at risk of drowning since they are prone to slipping and falling there.

A one- and a-half-year-old child has been found dead in Wang Min-Glo shallow well, Kal sub-ward in Ceke ward, Anaka Town Council in Nwoya District.

Desta Omara’s body was seen in the water by a passerby at around 9am yesterday (Wednesday) before informing the local authorities.

Mr John Bwomona, the Gombolola (Sub-county) Internal Security Officer (GISO), for Anaka town council told our reporter that the cause of the death remains unclear adding that the deceased reportedly walked to the shallow well few metres from home at the time he was alone at home.

He described the incident as “unfortunate” since the “well was neither big nor deep.”

Voiceover: Bwomona on child’s death (English)

Mr Walter Okello, the Ceke Ward Chairman, is suspicious of the child’s death.

“I want to assume it’s possible the child could have been murdered by strangling and later dumped in the shallow well,” Mr Okello suspects.

Adding: “But I believe the postmortem will help reveal to us the truth of the matter. Otherwise, it will be very unfortunate if he was indeed killed.”

When contacted, Mr Kenneth Agaba, the Officer in charge of Nwoya central police station confirmed the incident adding that a postmortem was yet to be conducted to ascertain the cause of the death.

On 1 November 19, 2020, a19-year-old casual labourer identified as Brian Byamukama, drowned in Twii stream in Dog Aswa village, Lunglulu Sub-county in Nwoya district attempting to swim.

The deceased who hailed from Kabango village in Kabango parish, Bujenje sub-county in Masindi went to bathe from the stream before diving into the water to swim and died.


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