KAMPALA: Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, Asp Luke Owoyesigyire in a police statement on Kitubulu drowning reminded the public that all beaches are still restricted under the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19.
“The public should know that all beaches are still restricted and we call for strict adherence,” Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
The reminder comes after a 28-year-old, resident of Kazinga Abaita ababiri identified as Douglas Kaweesi was overpowered by strong waves and drowned at a beach in Kitubulu-Entebbe on Boxing day(December 26).
According to police, Kaweesi asked his 10 year-old nephew, to escort him to the lake shores for swimming. Unfortunately, he was overpowered by the strong waves and drowned.
“His nephew returned home after a long wait and informed his father, identified as Martin”.
“A serious search was conducted the following day at kitubulu, with the help of the local fishermen and the body of the victim retrieved,” Owoyesigyire added, noting that at the moment, investigations to establish the culprits behind the opening of the beach, since it is a restricted area under the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 are underway.
Owoyesigyire also said the area territorial commanders who happen to have exhibited unprofessional behavior are under investigation.
The Chief Political Commissar at the Uganda Police, Asan Kasingye has also called for disciplinary action against Police commanders who allowed revelers to swim at a beach during the Christmas holiday.
“I feel bad. This is just a kilometre from my residence. Christmas beach fatalities in Entebbe every single year could have been avoided this time round”. “Our territorial commanders know this well and disciplinary action is right in order. May our neighbour’s soul Darausi Mugisha Rest in Peace,” Kasingye wrote in a Tweet on Monday, December 27, 2021.