By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: Police in Masindi district are investigating circumstances under which a 16-year-old boy drowned while swimming in Kisindi Dam belonging to Farm Inputs Care Centre Ltd {FICA Seeds}.

The Albertine Region Police Spokesperson Julius Allan Hakiza identified the deceased as Byaruhanga Nelson, a resident of Kyatwenge Village in Pakanyi sub county Masindi district.

Hakiza said Byaruhanga went swimming with his colleagues on Monday, unfortunately he got stuck in deep water and he couldn’t swim thus drowning.

The regional police mouthpiece asserted the lifeless body of Byaruhanga was retrieved this morning {Wednesday} by police.

He asked parents to avoid sending their children for swimming saying this is not the first time such an incident happened.

Ssembuga Innocent, a resident of the same village said they found Byaruhanga swimming in the dam when they went to wash their clothes.

He added that Byaruhanga requested soap from them to wash his clothes then after he went back in the water and started diving and eventually disappeared which prompted them to inform other people.

Mr. Businge Godfrey, the guardian to Byaruhanga, said he was staying together with his late brother’s child.

He added that he got the information while in his garden and later informed the area chairperson.

The chairperson LC1 of kyatwenge village Kyahurwa Moses explains that he got the report from Byaruhanga’s guardian informing him about the incident which prompted him to visit the scene.

Kyahurwa immediately informed police, who rushed to the scene.

The Manager FICA Seeds Kisindi Farm Mr. Mubba Hakim condoled with the family of the deceased and said the dam is, however, out of bounds for the public.

‘’It’s unfortunate we have lost Byaruhanga, however, the dam is out of bounds for the public but people sneak in and go fishing and feeding cattle,’’ he said.

Mr. Mubba disclosed that recently they had deployed security to shield the dam adding the proposal was made to fence off the dam.

‘’We have already drafted a proposal to fence off the dam from the public,’’ he said.

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