Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

13 December 2012

Tanzania: Standard III Pupil Drowns in Mbezi

A STANDARD III pupil at Msewe Primary School drowned while swimming at Mbezi Luxury Resort, Mbezi Louis area in Kinondoni Municipality in Dar es Salaam on Monday.

The Kinondoni Regional Police Commander (RPC), Charles Kenyela, said in the city that the deceased's body was discovered floating at around 4 p.m, before it was taken to Muhimbili National Hospital for preservation pending burial arrangements.

He said the pupil, who was identified as Jonathan Mduma (9) was swimming with his sister Rellyceline Mduma (11) and a friend Paul Kapinga (9) and that the two surviving children were taken to the same hospital for treatment. He said police have arrested a hotel attendant one Lawrence John (24), and that investigations were still in progress.

"Preliminary investigations indicated that the pupil died after gulping a lot of water while swimming but we are still probing the matter to establish the circumstances behind the incident," he said.

In another incident, Mr Kenyela said, police have arrested 11 people allegedly found in possession of narcotic drugs and local brew popularly known as gongo. This occurred following a patrol carried out in Magomeni and Tandale, Kinondoni Municipality on Monday. "The suspects were nabbed with five bundles and 87 rolls of bhang plus 25 litres of the brew," said Mr Kenyela.

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