Grief As Nine-Year-Old Drowns In Swimming Pool

Police in Gulu District are investigating circumstances under which a nine-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool in Gulu Municipality.

According to Aswa River Region Police spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okema, they retrieved the body of Bol-Garang Diar, a primary one pupil at Credo Daycare Nursery and Primary School in Laroo Division, from a swimming pool at Bomah Hotel on Tuesday evening.

The deceased, alongside 82 other pupils had reportedly been taken for their routine swimming lessons at the hotel. However, after an hour, the pupils were taken back to school but the authorities realized Garang was not with them.

“When the teachers reached school, they realized one of the pupils was missing. Teachers got concerned and started calling his parents to find out whether he (Garang) had reached home but the response was no, however on searching the swimming pool, his body was discovered lifeless,” Mr Okema said.

He said the swimming pool attendant at the hotel identified as Simon Peter Rubangakene has been arrested and a file has been opened against the suspect at Gulu Central Police station.

Mr Okema said the body of the deceased was taken to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem test. He said the deceased was residing with his parents in African Quarters, Pece Pawel Central, Pece division in Gulu Municipality.



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