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Soldier Drowns in NWSC Dam

Corporal Charles Omony, a soldier attached to the UPDF guard battalion in Gulu infantry barracks met his death while fishing in Oyitino-1 valley dam on Monday afternoon.
Oyitino-1 Dam in Which The UPDF Soldier Met His Death
A Uganda People's Defense Forces - UPDF soldier has drowned in a dam belonging to National Water and Sewerage Corporation in Laliya Sub County in Gulu district.

Corporal Charles Omony, a soldier attached to the UPDF guard battalion in Gulu infantry barracks met his death while fishing in Oyitino-1 valley dam on Monday afternoon. 

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police Spokesperson, says Corporal Omony had been deployed to protect the facility.

He says Omony drowned when the Canoe he was using to fish capsized in the middle of the dam during stormy wind over the dam. 

Okema says divers recovered the remains of the deceased soldier from the dam found approximately eight Kilometers North of Gulu Town on Tuesday morning. 

Major Telesphor Turyamumanya, the 4th Division UPDF Spokesperson, confirmed the incident to Uganda Radio Network.

He said preparations are underway to inform the family of the deceased and escort his remains currently lying at the military hospital for a decent burial. 

Oyitino-1 Valley dam is the largest of two valley dams from which the National Water and Sewearge Corporation pumps and treat more than 5 million liters of water daily for the supply to the population of Gulu Town.

It can achieve a depth of approximately 10 meters during the peak of the rainfall season as is being experienced in Gulu Town currently. 

The dam is rich in aquatic life including various species of mature fish such as Tilapia and Cat fish. 

Accidents on the dam are very rare as security prevents residents from fishing or swimming in it.