A social worker with Invasion for Poverty Action has drowned in Aruu falls in Angagura sub-county in Pader district.
The deceased is 24-year-old Stephen Kiiza, a resident of Entebbe in Wakiso district. According to police, Kiiza drowned when he jumped into the falls to swim with his friends. He was pronounced dead at Angagura health centre III where he had been rushed for first aid.
A team of 14 staff from Invasion for Poverty Action, a non-governmental organisation traveled to Gulu from Kampala on March 9 for field activities, which ended on March 18th.
They decided to proceed to Aruu Falls for adventure. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River region police commander, says a case of death by drowning was reported at Gulu central police station under file number SD19/19/03/2018.
"They carried out their field work up to 17th then later on the 18th they decided to go for a tour at Aruu falls in Pader district. But unfortunately while they were there, one of their colleagues in the name of Kiiza Stephen, 24 [saw] a colleague was swimming in the water and he joined. By bad luck, he drowned in the water. His colleagues tried their best, they tried first aid but they couldn’t manage. He was rushed to Angagura health centre III where he was pronounced dead." Okema said.
He says the deceased's body was handed over to St. Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu town for a postmortem.