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Three Sisters Drown In Kyotera River

The deceased include Mary Nanyonjo, 13, her sister Sharon Nazziwa, 15, and their 14-year-old cousin, Josephine Nakafeero. It is alleged that the trio drowned on Monday when they decided to cool off in the river after collecting firewood.
26 May 2020 16:06
Kabaale residents converge at the burial of Nanyonjo and Nazziwa
It was a sombre mood on Tuesday afternoon as residents of Kabaale and Ggamba villages laid to rest the bodies of three teenagers who drowned in Kyerwa River in Kakuuto Sub-County, Kyotera district.

The deceased include Mary Nanyonjo, 13, her sister Sharon Nazziwa, 15, and their 14-year-old cousin, Josephine Nakafeero. It is alleged that the trio drowned on Monday when they decided to cool off in the river after collecting firewood from a nearby forest.

Children, who witnessed the tragedy, say Nazziwa was the first to drown prompting Nakafeero to dive in the river to rescue her. However, she pulled her underwater. In that confusion, Nanyonjo also jumped in to try and rescue her sisters but also drowned in the process.

Young boys ran to call for rescue and by the time residents arrived the trio’s bodies had sunk. They later found by community members who joined the search.

Kakuuto Sub-county Female Councillor Agnes Namusiitwa says that children are fond of swimming in the river despite constant warnings against the activity by local leaders. Namusiitwa says this is the fourth tragic incident in the area. She says in 2017 three children drowned on different occasions in the same river. 

The volume of water in Kyerwa River has increased due to the recent torrential rains. It has also cut off Minziiro-Kakuuto road along Kabaale area where residents cross the knee-high floods. 

Kakuuto County MP, Christopher Kalemba and Kyotera district Speaker Peter Ssasira reached the two villages to commiserate with the grieving families. Ssasira cautioned residents from engaging the river at the time when the water is flowing rapidly.

Nabuyondo, the mother to Nanyonjo and Nazziwa says she was waiting for them to return home when shocking news reached her. Nakafeero’s mother Namukose says that she had warned her children to desist from going to the river but this time she was trying to save her cousin.

Judith Akello, the Kyotera District Police Commander, says postmortem was done immediately and the bodies handed over to their respective families for burial. She cautioned parents and children to avoid swimming in the river to avoid similar incidents.