Crime & Investigation

40 Pupils ‘Poisoned’ in Iganga

Police have commenced investigations into the alleged food poisoning of over 40 children at Namutumba Junior School in Iganga district on Thursday morning.

The kids who are now admitted at Iganga hospital say they were served with dry tea and bread but this time the taste of the breakfast seemed different from the usual one.

“The tea had an oily coating and the bread tasted salty, this site salve ” recounted one of the victims.

Police told ChimpReports the children felt abnormal abdominal pain with many vomiting endlessly.

“The teachers realised that something had gone wrong thus rushing the kids to the hospital. We are now questioning the school cooks and some of the teachers directly responsible for the kids’ welfare, physician ” authorities said Thursday.

Dr. Isa Isabirye of Iganga hospital confirmed that “poisonous substances were found in the breakfast after lab tests.”

He said hospital staff is now cleansing the children’s digestive systems and that they were out of danger.

School administrators suspect a staff dismissed recently on grounds of absenteeism and misconduct to have masterminded the poison attack.


The school has been temporarily closed to pave way for investigations.

Police are yet to hold suspects in the eyebrow-raising incident.

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