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Student Drowns in River Nile :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Student Drowns in River Nile

Najib Musobya, a fisherman in the area, expressed concern about the safety of school children who frequently gather at the river after their evening lessons.
The Kiira Region police marine unit has intensified the search for Karim Muwemba, a 15-year-old senior two student of Brain Trust Senior Secondary School, who reportedly drowned in the River Nile on Tuesday. Muwemba and three of his classmates went swimming in the Lumuli village area of Butagaya sub-county in the Jinja district. 

However, they were overwhelmed by the strong currents caused by a heavy storm. While his companions were trapped among the rocks and subsequently rescued by local divers, Muwemba was carried away to a hazardous section of the river where he drowned. Najib Musobya, a fisherman in the area, expressed concern about the safety of school children who frequently gather at the river after their evening lessons.

He highlighted the absence of adult supervision and their reluctance to heed warnings from local fishermen about the unpredictable weather conditions. Musobya emphasized that as experienced fishermen, they know when dangerous storms are likely to occur and avoid being near the river during those times.

Joseph Ediba, the director of the school, confirmed that the remaining students are safe and well. He is currently collaborating with concerned individuals and organizations to support the recovery of the deceased student's body and ensure it is returned to his family for burial. James Mubi, the spokesperson for the Kiira Regional Police, stated that their teams have established a base camp in the area and are actively engaged in search and recovery efforts. 

Mubi also called upon leaders at various landing sites to implement measures that restrict children from accessing risky areas near water bodies. He emphasized the importance of such measures in preventing water-related accidents involving children.

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