The police personnel forced open the door, only to realize that the grandmother, Alitubela was lying unconscious while the two children were already dead.
Police in Jinja city has retrieved the dead bodies of two
children from Kyamagwa cell in Northern division, Jinja city who are suspected to
have suffocated to death on Thursday morning.
The deceased are four year old Hailat Nakiyemba and
Rahmat Namugumya aged 14 years.
It is reported that, the victims who were sharing the same house with their grandmother, Afuwa Alitubera locked themselves inside while smoking meat however, neighbors noticed that, their door was still
locked by 9:30am, prompting them to alert police officers about the abnormality.
The police personnel forced open the door, only to
realize that, Alitubela was lying unconscious while the two children were
Alitubela is currently admitted at Almeca hospital where she is receiving medical attention.
Juma Musonge, a resident within the area says that Alitubela is a renown Muslim believer and they were perturbed by why she had delayed to wake
up early on Eid day.
“Alitubela always treats us to free lunch during Eid celebrations annually, soon noticing that that her door was still closed on a special day like this, most of
us began to suspect that there might be a problem with her,” he says.
Fatumah Nabirye, a family member says that she last spoke
to her mother at around 4:30am, and was shocked to receive information about
the death of two children in her house.
“I had called my mother after
the early morning prayers and she indeed assured me that, all was well however,
at around 10:00am, one of her neighbors informed me of this bad news,” she
Abbey Ngako, the Kiira region police spokesperson, confirms
the incident adding that the deceased have been taken to Jinja regional
referral hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
He adds that detectives have since inspected the scene and available leads indicate that, the children suffocated to death after
inhaling excessive smoke in a poorly ventilated house.