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French tourist dies in Kanungu
Written by URN
Police in Kanungu is investigating circumstances under which a 63-year-old French national lost his life while on the way from a gorilla tracking expedition.
Tutin Jean Piere, who also works with France embassy in Kenya died on Saturday at Kanyambeho-Kinurira cell in Buremba parish, Mpungu sub-county, Kanungu district.
According to Christine Posi, 59, another French national who was part of the team, their colleague developed a strange illness soon after returning from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where they had spent time together tracking gorillas.
They were residing at Mahogany Lodge in Kayonza sub-county. Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate says that the body of the deceased has been taken to City Mortuary in Kampala for postmortem as part of ongoing investigations into the matter.
Piere becomes the second tourist to die in almost similar circumstances in the region this month. On April 7, Shukla Mukesh,60, a British tourist also reportedly collapsed and died while on the way to tour pygmy settlements in Kyevu Butanda sub-county, Kabale district.
Mukesh collapsed as they were climbing a hill in Kyevu and died while being rushed to the nearby Kyevu health centre II.