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UPDF soldier drowns in army college swimming pool

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

A Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier on Saturday drowned in a swimming pool at the National Defence College (NDC) in Mukwanya Cell, Njeru Municipality along Njeru-Kayunga highway in Buikwe District.

According to Ms Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa regional Police spokesperson, the deceased R/A264221 private Ivan Kiyingi, 26, attached to NDC had gone to swim at the college’s swimming pool to together with his friend R/A 264405 James Sempa.

Ms Butoto said  [Kiyingi] was with Sempa who stood at a distance from the swimming pool and when Sempa could no longer see his friend, he alerted officers for help but he had already died.

Kiyingi’s body was retrieved and taken to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital morgue as investigations continue.