On September 27, 2023, at approximately 4:30 PM, the Territorial Police in Mityana received a distressing report of a suspected poisoning incident at Golden Learning Centre Nursery and Primary School. The incident, which took place in Namungo Central Village, Namungo Parish, Namungo Sub-county, Mityana District, involved a distressing episode where pupils experienced severe symptoms shortly after their lunch.
The affected pupils, having consumed their lunch of Posho and beans at 2:00 PM, reported symptoms such as stomach ache, headache, and vomiting. Immediate action was taken, and over 100 affected pupils were swiftly transported to various health facilities for urgent medical attention, including Namungo Health Center III and MUKJ Medical Clinic.
Upon receiving the distressing report, the scene of the incident was quickly attended to by diligent detectives who meticulously documented the scene and recorded statements from the victims. Two suspects, identified as Kule Alfred and Mumbere Edger, both school cooks, were apprehended and are currently in custody at Mityana Central Police Station to aid the ongoing investigations.
Food samples from the school have been collected for forensic analysis to ascertain the cause of the distressing symptoms experienced by the pupils. The school premises have been sealed off as a precautionary measure, pending further guidance.
Preliminary findings indicate a total enrollment of 350 pupils at Golden Learning Centre, with most students discharged after receiving medical care by evening. Approximately 50 students remain under medical monitoring but are reported to be in stable conditions. Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported at this time.
The police strongly suspect that the victims may have consumed contaminated food, and thorough investigations are currently underway to ascertain the cause and ensure swift justice for those affected.
This situation is being closely monitored, and the police, in collaboration with relevant authorities, are committed to uncovering the truth and bringing those responsible to justice.