Child dies following an explosion in Kampala

Wednesday February 17 2016


A remnant of an explosive object suspected to be grenade has exploded near Kyaggwe Road Primary School, Lubiri in Kampala killing one child and injuring eight, according to a police statement.

The statement, which is signed by police spokesperson Fred Enanga, says the police have rushed the eight children to Mengo and Mulago hospitals in Kampala for treatment while their colleague Sam Lukemba, 12 died instantly.

“Sam Lukemba, 12 was fatally wounded while playing this evening at a playing/ parking ground in Mengo, next to Kyaggwe road primary school, and opposite former military barracks Lubiri,” the statement reads.

Mr Enanga says the children might have played with the explosive earlier today evening, not knowing the metal is dangerous.

Therefore, he cautions the public, and especially children against playing or tampering with metallic objects they might come across.

Relatedly, the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura earlier today assured Ugandans of safety.

The general said during a press conference at the Electoral Commission head office in Kampala that the police's main concern now is voter bribery, which he said peaks on election eve.