Wednesday March 26 2014

Nkoyooyo sued over child’s drowning


The High Court in Kampala has summoned retired Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyooyo over the drowning of a nine-year old child in a swimming pool at Rest Gardens, where he is one of the directors.

The Archbishop was sued on Monday by a couple Umaru Mazinga and Suzan Nantogo, who claim to be the parents of the deceased child.
The couple is now seeking for Shs261 million as compensation for loss of their child as a result of negligence by the swimming pool attendant.

According to the court summons dated March 24, which this newspaper has seen, the Archbishop is required to file his defence within 15 days from yesterday.
Also sued alongside the Archbishop are Ruth Nkoyooyo, and Isaac Nkoyooyo.

“You are hereby required to file a defence within 15 days from date of service of summons on you in the manner prescribed,” reads the summons in part.

According to records, on the fateful day of August 28, 2013, the child without knowledge of his parents, left home in Bweyogerere, a Kampala suburb, to swim in the pool located at Rest Gardens in Bweyogerere.

The child after paying Shs3,000 to Hannington Ssevvume a pool attendant was allowed to access the pool, where he swam unattended, drowning in the process.
Thus it is against that background that the couple wants to be compensated for the loss.

The couple also claims that administrators at Rest Gardens had denied knowledge of the unfortunate incident despite several inquiries by police on the status of the child.