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Teenager's Body Recovered After Drowning in River Unyama

The deceased was identified as James Tako. Preliminary police investigations reveal that Tako drowned when he and his peers had gone to swim on the turbulent river, a tributary of Aswa River that joins River Nile.
03 Nov 2020 12:29


Police in Elegu Town Council, at the Uganda – South Sudan border on Monday evening recovered the body of a 15-year-old male juvenile who drowned in River Unyama at the weekend.

It is the fourth case of death by drowning being reported at Elegu Police Station but overall, the fifth in Aswa River Region since the beginning of the year.

The deceased was identified as James Tako. Preliminary police investigations reveal that Tako drowned when he and his peers had gone to swim on the turbulent river, a tributary of Aswa River that joins River Nile.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson told URN that the incident happened at around 8:00 am on Saturday and it was reported under file number SD Ref: 03/01/11/2020.

According to Okema, Tako’s decaying body was recovered after two days of intensive search by a team of fire Brigade attached to Elegu Police Station. His remains were handed over to the family for burial.

In July this year, 33-yar-old William Irama, a resident of Adjumani District also drowned in the river after attempting to cross illegally into Uganda from South Sudan.

Earlier in June, Innocent Matua, 35, a resident of Arua District also drowned while attempting to cross illegally from South Sudan.

In neighboring Pader District, 17-year-old female juvenile identified as Jackline Lakot, a resident of Adongkena Central village in Parwech Parish, Puranga Sub-County also drowned in River Aswa in August.

More than 10 people have drowned in various streams and rivers in Aswa River Region within the last two years. The region comprises eight districts of Acholi namely Pader, Amuru, Nwoya, Omoro, Agago, Kitgum, Lamwo and Gulu.