Uganda Police Force have confirmed the arrest of workers employed by Water Resources Minister Ronald Kibuule following the drowning of his two kids on Monday.
“Four suspects mainly domestic workers have been arrested to help with the investigation,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango.
The suspects have been identified as Scovia Nabubwama, 32, a housemaid; Peace Nankunda, 23; Lawrence Kibaya, 33, a Shamba boy; and Agripa Kumanya, a security officer.
“They are being held under section 227 of the Penal Code Act, the charge being rush and neglect act.”
The Act cited by Police provides that “any person who, by any rash or negligent act not amounting to manslaughter, causes the death of another person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or to a fine not exceeding seventy thousand shillings or to both such imprisonment and fine.”
Onyango said Mukono Police Station on Monday received information about the drowning of the two-year-old twins at around 5:30pm at Kibuule’s residence in Kasenge Village, Mbalala Parish, Nama Sub-county in Mukono District.
“This occurred from the swimming pool located at home,” he added.
“DPC Mukono led a team of detectives to the scene and opened a general enquiry file. The bodies were retrieved and taken the city mortuary for post-mortem,” said Onyango.
Vice President Edward Ssekandi visited Kibuule’s home where he comforted the bereaved family.
Ugandans have since taken to social media to send condolence messages to Kibuule and his wife Fortunate after the tragic incident.
Former Information Minister Jim Muhwezi urged parents to procure covers for domestic swimming pools.