New Year's Celebrations Claims 10 Lives at Freedom city mall, M7 Gives UGX 5m Condolences to Relatives, Promoter Abitex Arrested
KAMPALA - As several questions remain unanswered relating to the death of adults and children while entering the new year at freedom city in kampala,the president of Uganda HE. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has condoled the relatives of the 10 people confirmed dead by police during the night of 31st Dec.
Museveni has also demanded for an immediate report from police which indicates wheather all security and safety measures were adhered to regarding the incident as ten of the customers among thousands lost their lives at freedom city in kampala during the entering of 2023 new year at night while partying.
Through his deputy, retired Maj.Gen. Hon. Jessica Alupo, Musenveni has given each relative of the deceased 5m at freedom city on Monday.
Alupo disclosed to journalists that the 5m is not enough money especially if someone loses a loved one and it can not really buy life however this is to support for burial arrangements.
"The more the person lost people the more money, this means the 5m is doubled if a relative lost more than one person, so on and so forth, "Alupo described.
According to the spokes person of police Fred Enanga at Naguru police headquarters, " the official findings so far indicate that during the celebrations, the master of ceremonies made an announcement few minutes towards the new year that all people should move out to have themselves an opportunity to see the fireworks."
He identified that people were over congested in the process and worst of all it was one exit that led the crowd outside as away of preventing the unticketed persons from entering during the scene hence a few suffocating, fainting and stepped on by others until deaths, Enanga noted.
Events promoter Abbey Musinguzi the so called Abitex is currently under police custody as the first suspect to help police CID conduct more research and investigations on the cause of deaths.
What to remember in reference.
Police in Entebbe in 2015 retrieved 13 corpses of revelers who were suspected to have drowned in lake Victoria towards the end of year while partying at beaches and recovered Ten dead bodies still.