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Rakai Poisoning: Police to Charge Grandparents With Rush And Negligence

Last week, five children under the age of seven from the same family died after they took Paraquat herbicide, allegedly given to them by the grandparents. They were identified as Alafa Kamoga, Jovan Kivumbi, Elijah Lubyayi, Sarah Nabukenya, and Shivan Mirembe of one-and-half-years.
The police will charge the grandparents of five children in Rakai District who died after taking Paraquat, a highly toxic herbicide with rush and negligence.

Last week, five children under the age of seven from the same family died after they took Paraquat herbicide, allegedly given to them by the grandparents. They were identified as Alafa Kamoga, Jovan Kivumbi, Elijah Lubyayi, Sarah Nabukenya, and Shivan Mirembe of one-and-half-years.

The children had been living with their grandparents Edward Ssemwezi, 80, and Rose Nakimbugwe, 52 in Kirangira village, Kasankala Sub County, Rakai district.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says that the couple had a duty to protect the children in their custody from any form of danger. He adds that although the incident was not deliberately planned, Nsubuga says that they are to charge the couple for negligence.  

Nsubuga adds that they will be summoned to report to Lwamaggwa police station for further questioning.  

The children had gone to spend the Easter Holidays with the grandparents. It is said that Nakibugwe had prepared a special herbal concoction for the children which she put in a mineral water bottle and kept in a store.  

Later, Ssemwezi got another mineral water bottle where he put the Paraquat chemical which the couple kept in the same store.   Before they went to the garden, Ssemwezi had instructed them to take their concoction in the store after a few hours.   But the children picked the wrong bottle.

They mistook the chemical for the herbal concoction which they drunk to a considerable quantity.   On returning from the garden, they found the children laying on the ground, some vomiting and others unconscious. 

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