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According to Martin Okidi, a boat captain at the source of the Nile, the four members of the same family, who included two adults and two minors, had gone for a boat ride with a tour guide, when their boat engine developed a mechanical fault on their way to the Source of the Nile and drifted with the fast-flowing waters towards Kiira Power Station.
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Three people from the family of motorsport enthusiast Hassan Alwi, and another yet to be identified are feared dead, after drowning in River Nile on Sunday evening. Alwi is the director of the International University of East Africa.

According to Martin Okidi, a boat captain at the source of the Nile, the four members of the same family, who included two adults and two minors,  had gone for a boat ride with a tour guide, when their boat engine developed a mechanical fault on their way to the Source of the Nile and drifted with the fast-flowing waters towards Kiira Power Station.

"The boat was carried by the river current towards Kira Power Station whose spillways had been opened to release excess water," According to a statement by ESKOM Uganda Limited, the company in charge of the power Dam.

The tour guide was rescued by the Uganda People's Defence Force- UPDF marine, while the family was washed away through the spillways. Another lone boater who attempted to rescue the family was also washed away through the spillway.

Ahmed Hasunira, the Jinja District Police Commander confirms that the security manager of Eskom called Nalufenya police reporting the drowning of people at Kiira dam at around 5:30 pm. on Sunday. He explains that one boat had four people namely Hassan Alwi, his wife Shakira Super, two of their children and a guide identified as Patrick Okidi,  while the second boat had one person yet to be identified.

"A team of police officers from Nalufenya police station led by OC  station, OC  CID, Nalufenya medical team, together with Police marine responded to the distress call. They managed to rescue two people from adjacent to the water entry points into the Kiira dam turbines," he notes.

He says that those who were rescued were identified as Jafalu Alwi, 12, and Patrick Okidi, 39, who are undergoing treatment at the Nile International Hospital in Jinja.  The search for those who may have drowned is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, a report on the boating accident from Eskom management indicates that two lives were lost in the incident. However, another man through his Facebook account of Hassan Sserunjogi has disputed the police report claiming that the victims are members of his family and not Alwi's.

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