The search for the body of Robert
Kaweesi, a Briton of Ugandan origin who drowned in River Nil at Pakwach on
Wednesday, has been concluded after police divers recovered his body.
The incident happened at around
6:40 pm when Kaweesi, 48, together with his family of four people went swimming
in a restricted part of the river. At the time of the incident, Kaweesi,
together with his family members and a driver were being accommodated at Gipir
and Labongo Safari Lodge located along the bank of River Nile in Pakwach town
Police say Kaweesi drowned while
attempting to rescue his 12-year-old son only identified as Lucas who was
overpowered by the strong current of the river while swimming. The son was,
however, saved by another swimmer on the site while the father was swept away
by the waters. Kaweesi’s body was retrieved from the river this morning by
police divers after days of search.
The Police Spokesperson for West
Nile Josephine Angucia has confirmed the retrieval of the remains, noting that efforts are
underway to take the body to Pakwach health center for postmortem.
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Peter Kibirango, the brother of the deceased, has commended the police for retrieving the body. He says the
incident happened just few days after Kaweesi held his wedding on August 6, 2022.
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A general inquiry file has been under
reference SD 44/17/08/2022 has been opened up at Pakwach police station