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Child drowns in hotel swimming pool

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By ANDREW BAGALA

Posted  Saturday, December 28  2013 at  02:00

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Abubaker Ssekirenge, a resident of Kireku, Bweyogerere drowned at 3pm.

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A 12-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool at Jokas Hotel in Bweyogerere, Wakiso District. Abubaker Ssekirenge, a resident of Kireku, Bweyogerere, is suspected to have drowned at 3pm on Thursday in the view of other swimmers.

Kira Division police commander Peter Nkulega said investigations have commenced to establish whether there was negligence on the part of the hotel managers. “It is true the child drowned in the swimming pool. I don’t have the full details but Bweyogerere Police are handling the matter,” Mr Nkulega said on Thursday.

A senior officer at Bweyogerere Police Station said they are holding the hotel managers on charges of negligence. “They are here with us recording statements,” the officer said.

The hotel management is said to have a good number of lifeguards but police are investigating why they were not able to detect that the child was getting difficulties in swimming.

Ssekirenge reportedly came with his sister Shamila Namakula, 18, to the hotel to swim at midday. Ms Namakula waited at the poolside for her brother to finish swimming. “He was swimming in the shallow end. But when the sister saw him in the deep end, she informed the hotel management,” the officer said.

By the time the divers reached him, he was lifeless. The managers rushed him to the nearest dispensary but the medical officers couldn’t revive his life.

Police have taken the body to Mulago National Referral Hospital for a post mortem.
Cases of drowning in swimming pools and ponds increased by 27 per cent last year, according to the 2013 Police Crime Report.

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