Four victims namely Jovan Kivumbi, 4, Shivan Mirembe, 3, Elijah Lubyayi, 3, and Sarah Nabukenya, 2, succumbed to the toxin on different days last week.
The Rakai poison incident has claimed the fifth child who died in Rubaga Hospital on Sunday night. The victim was quickly buried the next day after the body was returned home. The unfortunate event occurred on Easter at Kirangira village, Kasankala sub-county, in Rakai district.
Kamoga, 6, who was still surviving of the five children who took Paraqua, a
highly toxic chemical herbicide, also passed on exactly one week of struggling to save his his life.
was rushed to Rubaga for urgent attention after taking the largest amount of
four victims namely Jovan Kivumbi, 4, Shivan Mirembe, 3, Elijah Lubyayi, 3, and
Sarah Nabukenya, 2, succumbed to the toxin on different days last week.
Bongole, a family member, says Kamoga passed on Sunday night and they buried him
in Lwamaggwa village still in Lwamaggwa sub-county on Monday.
is reported that the children had gone to stay with their grandmother in Kirangira
when the incident happened.
to Bongole, their grandmother, whose name has been withheld to protect her, had
prepared a special herbal concoction for them. However, she had stored it in a
mineral water bottle similar to the one she had kept the Paraqua chemical.
explains that she told the children to go take the concoction but they
accidentally picked the wrong bottle and took the toxin in large amounts.
After drinking the dangerous substance, te children started vomiting and complaining of severe stomachache, prompting their grandmother
check what was wrong.
realizing that her grandchildren had taken the toxic chemical she fainted leaving
It was their grandfather Edward Ssemwezi, on realizing what was happening, that mobilised concerned
neighbours responded who rushed them to a nearby clinic.
was rushed to Rubaga hospital after his siblings passed away in three days
after the incident.
Two cousins of the deceased were among the victims that passed away on Thursday and Saturday.
Nambatya who lost three children - Kamoga, Kivumbi, and Mirembe says it is an
unfortunate incident and they are still shocked.
Wasswa, who lost two children Lubyayi and Nabukenya, says he had warned his
wife not to take his children away because he could take care of them during
the Easter holidays.
ASP Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says they are
following up the unfortunate incident to establish what actually happened.
has called upon everyone with information regarding the incident to help police
in order to get on bottom of the matter.