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Police Retrieve Body of Teenager Drowned During Christmas Night Celebration

The teenager is identified as Irene Nakibuuka, 16, a resident at Ssaza Mukono Municipality. According to family members, the deceased together with her younger siblings went to attend a Christmas festival that was organized at the gardens.
Revelers swimming at Summer gardens located at Wantoni Mukono on Christmas day. Courtsey photo.


Police in Mukono has today retrieved a body of teenager said to have drowned in a swimming pool during Christmas night celebration at Summer Gardens located at Wantoni in Mukono Municipality. 

The teenager is identified as Irene Nakibuuka, 16, a resident at Ssaza Mukono Municipality. According to the family members, the deceased together with her younger siblings went to attend a Christmas festival that was organized at the gardens.

 

The Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owesigire says that the body has been discovered today, Boxing Day, by Robert Omoding who is a watchman while making a routine checkup of the place.

“A watch man at Summer gardens swimming pool saw a body of an unidentified person in the swimming pool for adults and he informed the manager who also informed the owner who in turn notified Mukono police,” Owesigire says. 

He further notes that the body was removed from the swimming pool and taken to the city mortuary for a postmortem. 

Our efforts to speak to Olivia Ssempangi the Summer gardens owner remains futile after she has declined to pick our telephone calls. It is not clear how the entertainment place was opened to the public contrary late at night contrary to curfew rules and why so many people were so closely packed together without any PPEs and in contravention of the Ministry of Health guidelines. It is also not clear why the minors were out late alone under curfew .

Owesigire says currently the place is closed until investigations are done.

Residents at Wantoni trading center observed that the place was open for revelers[DE1]  since morning on Christmas day with the crowds, though nobody notified the police. 

Gerald Matengo, one of the residents says that on Christmas the gardens werepacked with people who had each been charged 5,000 shillings for entry. Many of them entered to swim while other entered to enjoy drinks. He suspects that the deceased could have ended up falling in the pool during mid night stampede when police was dispersing revelers to leave the place.

URN has obtained photos taken earlier in the day on Christmas showing people swimming dangerously close to one another in large numbers.  

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