NORTH KYOGA: The territorial police in Apac are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a tragic incident in which a group of individuals drowned in the River Nile on July 10th, 2023, around 4:00 a.m.
According to SP Patrick Jimmy Okema, The Police Public Relations Officer – North Kyoga region, the incident was reported by Okule Gabriel, a 19-year-old supervisor, working at the Indian palm oil farm in Maruzi ranch, Apac District.
The following individuals have been identified as the deceased:
1. Lotyang Peter, 19 years old
2. Lemukol Simon, 18 years old
3. Lotham Simon, 30 years old
4. Lomuria John, 15 years old
5. Kamur Nomha, 21 years old
6. Ngole Simon, 21 years old
7. Lonta Joseph, 19 years old
8. Lucumwa Simon, 35 years old
9. Lokuwam Joseph, 19 years old
The survivors are;
Muleka Bosco and Byekwaso Godfrey, who were riding the boat, along with two other passengers, Locire Simon and Lukwampe Peter.
According to reports, on the night of July 9th, 2023, thirteen workers from the Maruzi palm oil project farm embarked on a journey to seek employment in Masindi District, as they had not been paid by the management of the Indian farm. Upon reaching Kungu landing site, they discovered that the ferry was not operational. Consequently, they decided to board a small canoe to cross to the Masindi port landing site. Tragically, the canoe capsized, resulting in the drowning of all thirteen individuals, with only four survivors.
The Kungu Police Post was notified, and a case of drowning was registered. The survivors were transported to a nearby health center for treatment, while efforts are underway to locate and retrieve the bodies of the deceased from the water.
This incident is unfortunate and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We strongly urge workers to approach the labor officers stationed in all District Local Government offices across the country in case of any challenges at their workplaces, before making any drastic decisions.