Over 30 People Drown at Nile Discovery Beach as Police Enforces Curfew in Jinja

More than 30 people are feared dead after drowning in River Nile at Nile Discovery Resort Beach in Jinja, The Tower Post reports.

The scores who were partying on Sunday evening were reportedly running away from Police officers who were enforcing night curfew.

“When the Police Patrol arrived, everyone on the scene ran and dived into the water so that they Swim and cross over. Apparently, due to the bad weather of Sunday evening, the waters were Volatile and So many youths ended up drowning in that evening,” an eye witness from the beach says.

The development was further confirmed by a highly placed source in Jinja Police who said that the youths ran towards the side of the water trying to evade Police.

“Next thing is they couldn’t control themselves because the water was too fast. By the time rescue was hard because if the time and visual,” the source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely told The Tower Post.

He further revealed that six bodies have been retrieved and that the search continues.

“Two have been claimed while four are unknown and have been taken to the morgue.”

Two days later, Police is yet to make an official statement about the incident.

The Tower Post’s efforts to reach Police spokesperson Fred Enanga for a comment were futile as his known phone numbers went unanswered.

Nile Discovery Resort beach is the venue for the famous Nyege Nyege annual event, an event that attracts thousands of revelers from across the world.

For two years running, the event hasn’t happened due to stringent directives on gatherings due to the covid19 pandemic.

Nonetheless, youths have always travelled to the beach to hold private parties and camps in imitation of the festival.

Moses Kayigwa