Four domestic workers, suspects in the Monday evening drowning of state minister for Water Ronald Kibuule’s twins were arrested yesterday to help the police investigation.
In a May 14, 2019 police statement, the two-year-old and five months old boys; Raiding Wasswa and Roman Kato drowned in the family swimming pool located in Kasenge village, Mbalala parish in Mukono district.
The twins were first rushed to Sir Albert General Clinic in Mukono for resuscitation at around 6:30pm but they had already passed on. Their bodies were later taken to Mulago hospital for postmortem. The statement, signed by the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango, indicates that the four suspects are being held under Section 227 of the Penal Code Act and charged with rush or negligent act causing death.
“All the suspects are being held at Mukono police station and have already recorded their statements,” Onyango said. He added that the swimming pool was “deep enough to even kill an adult.”
The suspects are; Scovia Nalubwama, a housemaid aged 32, Peace Nankunda, 23, Lawrence Kibaya, a shamba boy aged 33 and Agripa Kumanya, a security officer. According to Section 227, “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.”
In an interview with The Observer last evening, Kibuule’s uncle Davis Lukyamuzi who picked his known contact number was bitter with ongoing reports that the house had no enclosed swimming pool.
“That swimming pool has been around for more than 10 years. Whoever is criticizing it, where have they been?” Lukyamuzi asked.
“Are those complaining now happy that we have lost someone?” He added that the postmortem report from the city mortuary indicates that: “The children just drowned in the swimming pool and were removed when already dead. Since they were young, they couldn’t fight for their lives. All I can say is that the water was too much for them.”
According to Lukyamuzi, burial of the twins is scheduled for today [Wednesday] at their burial grounds in Kapeke village, Mukono district. This is about 2km off the main Jinja road highway. The main mass will be held in Kapeke led by Bishop James William Ssebaggala of Mukono Diocese in the Province of the Anglican Church of Uganda.