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Two Die In Stone Quarry

Vitarino Bagiritima, the Mabanga Village LC I Chairperson, says that they got know about the incident about 6:30 PM on Tuesday when Muhumuza failed to show up in the trading center as usual. Phone calls by his friends to his known number went without response.
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A stone quarry in Mabanga cell in Kagongo division in Ibanda municipality has caved in killing two people on the spot.  The duo has been identified as Hellen Kusiima, a food vendor and Mike Muhumuza, a resident of the area.

Vitarino Bagiritima, the Mabanga Village LC I Chairperson, says that they got know about the incident about 6:30 PM on Tuesday when Muhumuza failed to show up in the trading center as usual. Phone calls by his friends to his known number went without response.

He explains that Muhumuza has been working in the stone quarry to earn a living for a long time. He, however, says that the heavy rains must have softened the soils forcing it to cave in. Robert Tumusiime, the Kagongo Division Internal Security Officer, says that the deceased were killed by the stone debris. 

//Cue in: “babizire kukora tikugira… 

Cue out: …to be suspicious.”//  

Alex Kimbiya, an eyewitness says that Kusiima was trapped in the quarry while trying to give Muhumuza support. 

//Cue in: “hati nyowe nadyaho… 

Cue out: …kuhinda kikakoraki kikabatera.”//

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson told URN that he was still gathering details on the incident.

“Yes am aware of the accident but I have not yet received details, I will get back to you as soon as I get the detailed information,” he said.

In 2017, the Ibanda District security committee led by the Resident District Commissioner, Eliasto Akatuheebwa closed Mabanga stone quarry after landslides destroyed property and gardens.  

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