Police in Rwenzori are investigating circumstances under which a student of Our Lady of Africa Secondary School in Seeta, Mukono District, drowned in swimming pool at a hotel in Kasese Town.
The student, Allan Kalule, was last week found dead in Springs International Hotel, which is located along Kilembe road on Basecamp hill. At the time of the incident, the student and colleagues were on a geography tour.
The Rwenzori East police spokesperson, Mr Vincent Twesigye, said the body of the 18-year-old Senior Five student was found floating in the swimming pool at around 8am on Thursday morning.
“The deceased, together with others, were on their field study trip and had gone to the Hotel for a night. It appears this student didn’t know how to swim or got a problem and they realized in the morning that he was missing when they were making a roll-call in the morning,” he said.
The body was then picked from the pool and taken to Kasese Municipal Health Center III for a postmortem.
Mr Twesigye said the school teacher and the field trip coordinator were arrested to help in the investigations. However, he reported that the Swimming Pool Attendant, Gerald Baluku is on the run.
Mr Charles Kalule, the deceased’s father, could hardly contain his grief at the news. He demanded a thorough investigation in the matter.
Kasese is popular for school study tours because of its tourist attractions such as the Katwe Salt Lake, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mt Rwenzori National Park.
Incidents of student deaths have been common of late. Police detectives are currently investigating circumstances under which a pupil at Sir Apollo Kaggwa Primary School Nakasero died.
Imran Ssentamu, a pupil in Top class B, died at the nearby Case Hospital, also in the city’s upscale Nakasero neighbourhood, where school authorities rushed him after a suspect fall at the school located on Nakasero Road.