Eyewitnesses say Lwanga climbed a jack-fruit tree to access the power-line as usual but he accidentally tapped the wire where hang clothes. No sooner had Lwanga reached the ground than their fate unfolded. First, his young brother touched the bare wire and got electrocuted.
Three family members have been electrocuted in Kyotera
district while trying to tap power from a high voltage line for lighting.
have been identified as Lukia Nayiga, 35, and her sons Hakim Lwanga, 11,
and Kassim Kasozi, 9. The trio was killed around 7:30 pm on Sunday evening at Kyapa-Kangabwa
village in Sanje sub-county-Kyotera district leaving the residents shocked.
According to the
residents, it has been a routine for the family to tap power from a high
voltage line passing above their home. Eyewitnesses say Lwanga climbed a jack-fruit tree to access the power-line as
usual but he accidentally tapped the wire where hang clothes.
No sooner had
Lwanga reached the ground than their fate unfolded. First his young brother touched
the bare wire and got electrocuted. Lwanga hurried to rescue Kasozi and got electrocuted as well. In a split
second, their mother had arrived to save them but she also died in the process.
The family head Sula Mukasa was away when the
incident happened. Mukasa says he did not expect his boys to try such a
deadly thing. Yoweri Lukyamuzi, the Officer in Charge of Mayanja police station, says it was
too late to save the family by the time residents arrived.
//Cue in: “Kakati abaana bano……………..
Cue out:……………naye nagendelara ko”//
Lukyamuzi explains that the deceased were barefooted at the time of the
incident. He says they took the bodies to Kakuuto Health Centre IV for
postmortem before they were handed over to their family for burial.
//Cue in: “Naye ekizibu ekyasinze……………..
Cue out:…………… bagenda kubaziika walala”//
He warns the public to desist from tapping high-voltage lines to avoid such incidents
that may result in death. In Kyotera, several high-voltage power lines cross above
residential houses, graveyards, gardens and plantations, which pose a risk to
anyone near them.