Family admitted in hospital after eating poisoned cassava flour

One person has died and seven others are admitted in Busia district for suspected food poisoning. The poison victims are family members and residents of Nangudi village, Busitema parish Busitema Sub-County in Busia district.

The deceased has been identified as one and half-year-old Ronald Makokha. Those admitted at Busia Health Center IV include Teddy Nabwire, Bernard Makokha, Ronald Wandera, Sylvia Nanjala, Beatrice Balibawa, Scovia Erumbi, and Iren Gloria Irene.

Dr. Yusuf Lule, the In-charge Busia Health Centre IV, says the victims were rushed to the health center on suspicion that they ate food laced with poison.

Ronald Wandera, one of the victims and head of the family, says he bought 10 kilograms of dry cassava at Namungodi trading center on Tuesday. According to Wandera, he took the cassava for grinding and used the flour to prepare supper for his family.

He says the children started complaining of stomach pain at around 12am before the minor succumbed died at 2am.

Christine Auma, the mother of the children, suspects the problem could have started from the cassava flour.

The incident has raised fear among residents. Charles Ndeke, a resident of Bulumbi Sub County, says they are now afraid of buying food from market.

A similar case was reported in Busiro Sub County in Namayingo district where one person died after eating cassava flour he bought from a store

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20 students die while swimming in a storm in Ghana

Up to 20 students have died after a storm at a waterfall popular with picnickers in Ghana caused trees to fall on them while they were swimming.

Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident, in which large falling trees trapped daytrippers in a pool at the bottom of the Kintampo waterfalls, one of the highest in the country, in the Brong-Ahafo region.

Surrounded by mahogany trees and sunbirds, the three-stage waterfall is about 70 metres high, and its pool is often found full of people cooling off in the spray.

At least 12 of the dead were pupils of Wenchi secondary school, about an hour’s drive from the falls. The headteacher, Foster Boateng, told local media they had been on a trip to the northern regions of the country on Sunday.
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“We decided to finish it all at the Kintampo waterfalls, so some of the children decided to taste the swimming aspect of it,” a Ghanaian news website quoted him as saying.

“The trees started coming down, so in an attempt to escape some of them fell and they were trapped by the trees. Those who succeeded in climbing the staircase up to pack into the bus got trapped … by other trees that had fallen down.”

The national fire service spokesman, Prince Billy Anaglate, said 18 people were killed at the scene and a further two died in hospital. Eleven people were being treated for their injuries, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

As well as the 12 school pupils, two university students and four other visitors to the falls were among the dead.

A witness told Ghana’s Starr News radio: “A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crushed the revellers … We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The bodies of the dead and the injured were brought home to Wenchi, about an hour’s drive from the falls, which are on Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta.

Nana Kwadjo Bekoe, a blogger from Wenchi who had been at the school, said the atmosphere there was “very mournful” and students and teachers were deeply upset.

“Parents were at the hospital to identify their loved ones who passed away in the accident. The rest of the students who sustained various degrees of injuries were admitted to a different hospital,” he said.

 

 

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Flying squad shoots one dead in Mityana

Three police officers attached to the Police Flying Squad have shot dead a 3-year-old-child and injured two other people in Mityana district. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in Buluma village in Butayunja Sub County in Mityana district.

According to information obtained by URN, the officers raided the village on the invitation of a resident only identified as Kulumba after he was accused for possessing witchcraft.

When the officers arrived on the village, they reportedly attempted to make arrests, but residents put up resistance prompting the officers to open fire.

In the process, the officers shot dead 3-year-old Viola and injured her mother Dina Nabakooza and another resident identified as Ivan Kito. The officers fled the scene shortly after shooting their victims.

The Wamala Region Police Commander, Fred Kidima rushed to the area and apologized to the residents. He explained that the officers will be apprehended and arraigned in court for murder and attempted murder.

He however, didn’t disclose the identities of the irate officers. Joseph Luzige, the Mityana LC V Chairperson, also rushed to the area and appealed to the residents to stay calm as police hunts the suspects.

Police has handed over the body of the deceased to Mityana hospital for postmortem while the injured were rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital for treatment.

 

 

 

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Museveni asks citizens, security personnel to be vigilant

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has come out to condemn the manner in which Andrew Felix Kaweesi and many more Ugandans have been killed.

In a press statement from State House, the president has directed immediate installation of security cameras in all major cities and a long highways a project that he says was stalled by paying attention to improving roads and electricity.

The president also  has also called upon security personnel and all citizens to be vigilant and on the look out for the thugs who have habitually used motorcycles to kill people.

Earlier today, the nation watched in shock graphic  images of assistant inspector General of Police and police spokes’ person, Andrew Felix Kaweesi lying in a pool of blood, where it is said that unknown gun men shot him, his guard and driver to death.

Police Spokes Person Andrew Felix Kaweesi Shot dead

Police Spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi is dead. He was shot at by a group of unknown gunmen as he left his home in Kulambiro, a suburb of Kampala this morning. His driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau are also confirmed dead.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima has confirmed the tragedy. Eye Witnesses say the killers were traveling on a motorcycle. The shooting reportedly lasted more than 10 minutes.

Our reporters at the scene say that the vehicle, a Police car registration number UP4778, in which the three were traveling, was shot from both sides. The Scene of crime has since been cordoned and is now surrounded by Scene of crime officers, while the bodies have been taken to the City Mortuary in Mulago awaiting Postmortem.

Who is Felix Kaweesi?

Kaweesi began his police career in 2001. After graduating at the police training school, Kibuli and serving in the force for about three years, he was appointed a personal assistant to Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura. He was promoted after about two years and deployed as the head of Kabalye Police Training School.

From Kabalye, Kaweesi became the Commandant of Kampala Metropolitan Police and was promoted to the rank of AIGP. Kaweesi also served as the Director of Operations before being appointed Director of Human Resource Development in the Uganda Police Force.

At the time of his deployment in Kampala in 2011, the city was battling the Walk to Work protests, initiated by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye after the 2011 elections.

He was appointed Police Spokesperson in August last year, to take over a mandate previously held by Fred Enanga, becoming the first person at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) to serve as a spokesperson in the History of the Uganda Police Force.

Kaweesi’s appointment came at a time when the Police Force was fighting a tainted image, in conflict with institutions like the Judiciary and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. Police was also facing criticism from the opposition, the diplomatic core and civil society organizations over brutality and corruption.

His duties included among others, re-branding the police force through its public relations department. He however maintained his position as the Director of the Human Resource Development.

 

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Amuru police arrests woman for killing her husband

Amuru Police are holding a woman accused of killing her husband. The suspect is Concy Acaa, a resident of Tetura Kal Village in Pabbo Sub County in Amuru district.

It is alleged that Acaa hit her husband, David Komakech with a wooden log on the head on Saturday during a domestic brawl.

Komaketch sustained injuries on the head and was rushed to St. Mary’s hospital Lacor where he was pronounced dead on Sunday.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police spokesperson, says Acaa faces murder charges contrary to provisions of the penal code act.

He advises members of the public to explore alternative dispute resolution avenues during disagreements.

 

 

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Two inmates die in Moroto central prisons

Two inmates from Moroto central prisons died last week due to various illnesses. 37-year-old Moton Lomoru from Napak district died on March 8th 2017 at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.

Another inmate, Boiboi Apaakori aged 50-years died the next day at the same hospital. A highly placed source Moroto Regional Referral Hospital told URN that both inmates were admitted on March 6th with different conditions.

According to the source, Lomoru had severe anaemia with bilateral Deep Vein Thrombosis  (DVT) while Apaakori had respiratory complications and DVT. Deep Vein Thrombosis  refers to a blood clot that occurs in the deep veins of the arm or leg, according to medicine net an online health information portal.

Dr. Fiona Lalango who treated the inmates, says they are yet to decide what caused the blood clot since they lack the tools to investigate such cases. She notes that three inmates with similar conditions were rushed to Kampala for further management.

William Awany, the Officer in Charge of Moroto Central Prisons declined to comment on the death of the inmates, saying he was on his way to Lira for the burial of his brother.

Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, Frank Baine denied the death of inmates. He however, said there was some cases of Hepatitis B in the hospital.

Geoffrey Mawa, the Principal Administrator Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, says the bodies of the inmates were buried in Moroto municipal council mortuary on Sunday.

 

 

 

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Over 48 missing after fatal rubbish land slide in Ethiopia

They say dozens of people are still missing since the landslide on Saturday night at the Koshe landfill. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.
A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.
The area has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa’s rubbish for more than five decades.
A city spokeswoman told AP news agency that many children were among the dead.
There are fears the death toll could rise further.

Local resident Musa Suleiman Abdulah told AFP he heard “a big sound” and saw “something like a tornado… rushing to us” when the landslide occurred.
Tebeju Asres said that the family’s house had been swallowed by the landslide.
“My mother and three of my sisters were there when the landslide happened. Now I don’t know the fate of all of them,” he told AP.
Hundreds of people attempt to make a living by scavenging at the landfill site, sifting through the rubbish for items they can sell, the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa reports.
Some people even resided at the rubbish dump permanently.

The authorities have been building Africa’s first waste-to-energy plant near the landfill.
They plan to burn rubbish generated by the capital’s estimated four million people and convert it into electricity.

 

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Fare thee Well Mayanja Nkangi

By Edwin Muhumuza
Parliament has paid tribute to former Buganda Premier and former minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs as his body lay in state.
He served Uganda and Buganda with dignity” said one of Uganda’s longest serving minister and Member of Parliament Hon. John Nasasira.
Former Inspector General of Government Jotham Tumwesigye has hailed the late Mayanja-Nkangi as a man so dedicated to national service.
“He lived a life of integrity and honesty. I had a chance to interact with him when he was minister of finance and i was inspector general of government. He helped me greatly when we worked together” he said.
At exactly 12 O’clock, the Speaker Rt.Hon,Rebecca Kadaga and deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya led government officials, retired civil servants, family and friends in showing last respects to the man who is widely revered as a nationalist.
Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi served as minister in three different governments. He was minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1963 under the Obote 1 government,
commerce and industry minister then labour minister under the Okello Lutwa government between August 1985 and January 1986. Under Museveni’s regime he was education minister, planning and economic development minister, finance minister and justice and constitutional affairs minister.
He will be buried at his ancestral home in   Kanyogoga in Kalungu district.

Unattended candle burns man in Mbarara to death

A man has died in a house fire in Mbarara Municipality. 25-year-old Justus Twinomugisha alias Kanyankole, a butcher from Kirehe village in Nyamitanga division was sleeping when the fire started from a candle that was left unattended to on Tuesday night.
Peninah Nkwasibwe, the deceased’s mother, says her son has been using candles for lighting. Amina Habasa, a resident of Ruti village, says that Twinomugisha had burnt to death by the time residents put out the fire.
Jaffar Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police Commander, says Twinomugisha was burnt beyond recognition. He says a postmortem results show that Twinomugisha chocked to death before he was burnt.
The DPC cautions residents to be extra careful while using candles, saying they can be very dangerous when handled carelessly.
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