A wife to Hassan Alwi, a rally driver and the proprietor of the International University of East Africa (IUEA) has passed on after she drowned in river Nile.
Supar Shakira Kawesa and a daughter Miya Alwi died last evening moments after their boat got sucked into Kiira power station spillways.
According to Eskom Uganda Limited, a company contracted to manage the dam, a family of four tourists (two adults and two children) with a guide, experienced a boat engine failure on their way to the source of River Nile.
“Their boat was carried by the river current towards Kiira Power Station whose spillways were open to release excess water. The tour guide was rescued by the UPDF marine while the family was washed through the spillways.” Eskom said.
A lone boater in an attempt to rescue the family was also washed through the spillway.
They revealed that three people (an adult tourist, a child and the lone boater) have been rescued through the joint effort of our security team and UPDF marine and have been taken to Jinja Referral hospital for medical attention.
“UPDF marine and our security team are leading search efforts for the remaining two people. This regrettable incident has been reported to Jinja Police and is under investigation,” the company wrote.