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ONE DEAD, TWO OTHERS TAKEN HOSPITAL AFTER EATING SWEET BANANAS LACED WITH POISON

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A seven-year-old boy died instantly while two others were rushed to hospital last evening in Mukono district after eating sweet bananas laced with poison to trap monkeys.

Rayan Bwire, a son to John Bwire, a resident of Namawojjolo in Mukono district picked a Polyethylene bag containing sweet bananas laced with poison from the garden of a trader in Lugazi town only identified as Nkonge.

He reportedly ate four bananas and shared the rest with his friends identified as Abed Jagenda and Sharif Jagenda, also minors and children of Joyce Kirabo and Hamidu Jagenda.

No sooner had the children left the garden, than they started experiencing excruciating stomach pain.

Bwire started vomiting prompting his father to rush him to the nearest clinic but he breathed his last before reaching the clinic.

 His colleagues were rushed to Mukono hospital where they are still getting treatment.

A Homicide team led by Harriet Kisakye from Mbalala police station visited the scene and recovered some of the bananas for testing.

Bwire’s father wants police to open a case against Nkonge for placing poisoned bananas well knowing that children can easily access the place.

He also questions Nkonge’s motives, saying that if he was targeting monkeys he would have placed the bananas in the trees but not on the ground where they can easily be accessed by children.

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