Iganga district are
investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy at murrum excavation site. The
deceased is Peter Mugabi, a resident of Nakigo village in Nakigo Sub County in
Mugabi reportedly met
his death on Thursday afternoon while loading murrum on a truck together with
other casual laborer but accidentally slid back and was buried in the murrum.
The owners of the excavation
mining site reportedly fled the scene after notifying local leaders. A police
source told URN on condition of anonymity that parents send children to the
mining site where they earn between Shillings 3000 to 5000 daily.
tried to ensure that, kids are out of these quarries in vain, because parents
themselves force their kids to look for employment in these quarries despite
the risks involved,” he said. Justine Nantunda, a relative to the deceased said she was summoned to the
police station only to be notified of her nephew’s death.
“All along I was
thinking that my boy had gone to play with his friends but the detective
informed me that he is dead. I am really shocked,” she said. David Ndaula the Iganga District Police Commander says the deceased’s body is
lying at Iganga general hospital mortuary pending postmortem.