seven-year-old boy died instantly while two others were rushed to hospital on Tuesday
evening in Mukono district after eating sweet bananas laced with poison to trap
Rayan Bwire, a son to John Bwire, a resident of Namawojjolo in Mukono
district picked a Polyethylene bag containing sweet bananas laced with poison
from the garden of a trader in Lugazi town only identified as Nkonge.
reportedly ate four bananas and shared the rest with his friends identified as Abed
Jagenda and Sharif Jagenda, also minors and children of Joyce Kirabo and Hamidu
Jagenda. No sooner had the children left the garden, than they started experiencing
excruciating stomach pain.
Bwire started vomiting prompting his father to rush
him to the nearest clinic. He breathed
his last before reaching the clinic. His colleagues were rushed to Mukono
hospital where medical workers managed to save them from the poison.
information from the hospital, one of the minors is responding well to
treatment while the other is in critical condition. A Homicide team
led by Harriet Kisakye from Mbalala police station visited the scene and
recovered some of the bananas for testing.
Bwire’s father wants police to open
a case against Nkonge for placing poisoned bananas well knowing that children
can easily access the place. “Children have always gone there to collect firewood while others cross the
garden to various destinations but why would someone place poison without
notifying community members,” Bwire wondered.
URN visited the garden and established that it
is close to a forested area measuring about 3 acres. Although there were no
crops in the gardens, Nkonge had had just cleared the dried maize husks
possibly preparing for a new season.
The Nama Sub
County Councillor, Richard Ssemanda says apart from throwing the village into
such shock, it is against the law to kill wild animals using poison.
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be reached for a comment as his known mobile numbers were switched off by the
time our reporter tried to contact him. Muhammad Wamala, the Gombolola
Internal Security Officer has called for clam from the residents pending the
outcomes of the investigations.
questions Nkonge’s motives, saying that if he was targeting monkeys he would
have placed the bananas in the trees but not on the ground where they can
easily be accessed by children.
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The deceased’s family is waiting for the return of his body from Mulago
hospital where it was taken for postmortem.