On the 14/12/2019 at around 4pm, at Katoogo Junction Water Channel in Mbuya two of our marine officers responded to a call for service, regarding a victim who had allegedly drowned. The bicycle of the alleged victim, was also caught in the dangerous floods.
Unfortunately, our marine officer, Sgt Mwonda Godfrey a 33 year old, male adult, was trapped in a hole during the rescue operation and suffocated. He was pulled from the water after several minutes and rushed to Kitintale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The sudden loss of the marine officer is absolutely devastating for the entire force. Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with his family, friends and workmates during this difficult time. The deceased was born on 3/06/1987, from Matovu village, Nankoma Sub-County, Bukooli County, Bugiri District. He was enlisted in the force on the 16/11/2009; and served in the Marine until his time of death. The deceased was a highly skilled marine officer who had rescued several victims from water. Therefore, such tragic incidents can happen anywhere, with the major floods that have swept over large areas across the country, threatening the lives of our communities.
To enhance the safety of our officers, the unit will conduct additional water safety training programs, on life saving methods, better response, rescue and survival tactics.
May the soul of our fallen comrade, Sgt Mwonda Godfrey rest in eternal peace.
Burial arrangements are in place and will be communicated later.
CP Enanga Fred
16th December 2019