Former Information Minister Jim Muhwezi has revealed he owns a swimming pool but has never thought of adding a protective cover.
Muhwezi made the remarks on Tuesday morning while paying respects to Minister Ronald Kibuule’s twins who drowned in the domestic pool yesterday.
“I have a swimming pool at my residence and I don’t have a net to cover it,” said Muhwezi.
“This is a very big lesson to us,” he added as mourners listened attentively at Kibuule’s home in Mbalala, Mukono.
Parents are advised to provide pool fences and child proof locking system to protect kids from drowning in the private swimming pools.
Back gates and fence doors should be secured and there shouldn’t be any unnecessary running near the pool. Some families invest in pool alarms as a security device.
Muhwezi said parents need to learn that failure to put in place safety precautions can lead to disastrous consequences.
“Failure to do these things can be expensive and cause pain to us,” he warned.
Research shows roughly 70 percent of drowning incidents occur when children were not adequately supervised.
“It is God who gives. It is the one who takes away,” Muhwezi consoled the bereaved family.
“We try to control but there is no way. These children went alone to the swimming pool. There would have been someone to look out for them but we are human beings,” he added.
“We pray that God strengthens Hon Kibuule and his family on this loss.”