By Ivan Mwine
Severe shock has gripped people living in Nsangi, Wakiso District, after three family member were electrocuted to death on Thursday morning.
According to ASP Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) deputy spokesperson, the territorial police at Nsangi today registered an incident of death by electrocution today that occurred at 7:00Am in Kasenge Trading Centre.
Owoyesigire, who noted that the police are conducting investigation into the matter, identified the victims Asiimwe Babirye, 35, Jeremiah Sekalenzi, 5, and a one Annet, 24.
“It has been established that the house where the deceased family was renting had no power, so they illegally tapped power from the neighborhood,” Owoyesigire said in a press statement.
He explained that this morning, after Annet washed clothes, she hanged wet clothes on one of the wires that had a link to power connection and was instantly electrocuted.
He added that; “The electricity shook her. Her hands remained in contact with the live wire. She made alarm, which attracted her sister Babirye Asiimwe who came out of the house to help her. Asiimwe touched her sister with bare hands to save her and she was also electrocuted.”
“She too made an alarm and her five-year-old child, Sekalenzi came to help his mother; he too touched his mother and was electrocuted,” Owoyesigire noted.
He revealed that the neighbours later disconnected the wire from the power before removing the bodies from the live wire.
The bodies of the deceased have since been conveyed to the city mortuary in Mulago for a postmortem.
Owoyesigire said that the police convey their sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased but caution members of the public to avoid illegal power connections.
“It is a criminal offence to illegally connect your residence to the national grid,” he said, noting that;
“The police are working with power distributors to arrest people that have illegal connections in the area and Kampala Metropolitan Area.
The detectives have commenced investigations with a view of arresting the person, who illegally connected the residence to power.