By Ivan Mwine
At least five people got injured in an explosion that occurred on Christmas Day in Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb and the police are currently investigating the incident.
A statement by ASP Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Public Relations Officer( PRO) about the incident reads in part thus;
“It is alleged that on the 24/12/2021at about 1500/c at Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City, Jennifer Birungi’s daughter Katusiime was given second hand clothes by a friend only identified as Anita, who is in Dubai.
The complainant, Birungi, said as they sorted the clothes in their home yard, they saw a metallic bottle with a blue colour and suspected it to be an explosive.
A one Poni Elizabeth (grand daughter),threw it in the dust bin but Vanessa(grand daughter) secretly removed it from the bin and brought it back to the house.
At about 2100hrs Vanessa started playing with it, opened it and eventually it exploded injuring five people in the house.
The Victims have been identified as JenniferBirungi, 45, a KCCA cleaner, and resident of Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City.
Others are Harriet Kabasinguzi, 25, Poni Elizabeth, 1, Nakandi Mitchell, 2, and a daughter to Kabasinguzi, Vanessa Birungi, 10, a granddaughter to Birungi.
The incident is being investigated with the view of identifying the exact origin of the explosive ordnance.
The five victims are currently admitted at the National Referral Hospital at Mulago for treatment.
Our task team has recovered pieces of the explosive, which have been submitted to experts for analysis.
We also want to appeal to members of the public to report any items that look suspicious to the relevant authorities for safe handling. More details will be provided as investigations progress.”
It should be noted that the incident comes at a time when there is high security vigilance in the country following the terrorist attacks that were masterminded by ADF rebels in vacuous parts of Kampala in November this year.