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Body of 7-Year-Old Boy Recovered from Kinawataka Channel

Arnold Kigongo, a resident of Kiwuka zone- Kasokoso in Kira Municipality Wakiso District, was playing with his friends during the rain on Tuesday and a jerry can fell in a trench, he tried to remove it, but the water overpowered Kigongo and swept him away.
Nakamiro Drainage Channel one of the channels one of the un upgraded channels in Kampala

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The body of a 7-year-old boy who was swept by floods has been retrieved from the Kinawataka channel.

Arnold Kigongo, a resident of Kiwuka zone- Kasokoso in Kira Municipality Wakiso District, was fetching water with his friends during the rain on Tuesday.

Hajji Musa Sekigudde the LCI Chairperson Kiwuka zone- Kasokoso says that a jerry can fell in a trench, which Kigongo tried to remove, but the water overpowered him and swept him away. 

Sekigudde says that leaders and residents in the area started the search for Kigongo’s body in vain.   He says that residents finally recovered Kigongo’s body on Friday from the channel that runs from Kyambogo to Luzira.

Stephen Sajjabi a resident who participated in the search for the body wants the government to upgrade the Kinawataka channel that has now become a death trap to residents in the area.

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Cue out “.. emwala gitabaabaana”//  

Kinawataka, Lubigi and Nalukolongo drainage channels have claimed many lives as a result of flooding during the rainy season. Other drainage channels which are a threat to city residents are Kiyanja, Kawaala, Kyambogo-Banda-Jinja road, Clock Tower-Queen’s Way, Luthuli-Bandali Rise, Lugogo-Jinja Road and Old Port Bell Road.

More than 190 people drowned in trenches, lakes, rivers and septic tanks in 2019, according to a recent report released by the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Rescue in the Uganda Police Force.