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Police probes drowning of Makerere University student

RIP: James Owimupehwe

RIP: James Owimupehwe

Police officers from Wandegeya and Makerere police stations are probing the drowning of a Makerere University student James Owimupehwe in the university swimming pool.

Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says that Owimupehwe a Rwandan national and student of Social Sciences drowned on Sunday.

Owimupehwe reportedly tried to swim at the deep end of the university swimming pool but got stuck. He was seen by another student who was swimming and he hurriedly retrieved him from water. 

Students rushed Owimupehwe to Abil clinic but died moments later. Owoyesigyire says that police detectives from Makerere University and Wandegeya police have since launched investigations into the incident.

Owimupehwe’s death comes barely two weeks after a Uganda Christian University (UCU) student also drowned at a hotel swimming pool in Mukono Municipality. Police said UCU student met his death when he went swimming alongside his four other colleagues while drunk.


+1 #1 Concerned Ugandan 2019-10-16 14:58
There is an urgent need for first aid techniques to be taught in schools.

A drowning victim can normally be resuscitated provided that they are discovered within five minutes of the incident and the rescuer knows what to do.

In this case the students wasted time rushing the poor fellow to a nearby clinic wasting valuable time which would have been better utilized conducting chest compression and mouth to mouth breathing to stimulate the heart and lungs to start functioning again.

This incident underscores the need for a lifeguard at the university pool at all times when the pool is being used.
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0 #2 rubangakene 2019-10-17 22:12
The University gets a lot of money for the welfare of its students; surely there should be a resident life saver on site to ensure the safety of its students.

There is a real need to cleanse the education system in this country. The very people we entrust our kids' welfare are always travelling abroad for conferences (per-diem/ allowances driven).

Systems must be in place to make learning institutions safe and secure at all times. At the end of the day, the buck must stop at the door of the Minister of Education!
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