100 pupils poisoned in Mityana

The territorial police in Mityana have registered a case of suspected poisoning at Golden Learning Centre Nursery and Primary School on September 27, 2023, around 1630hrs.

The incident, in Namungo Central Village, Namungo Parish, Namungo Sub-county, Mityana District, involved pupils experiencing symptoms such as stomach ache, headache, and vomiting immediately after being served Posho and beans for lunch at 1400 hours yesterday.

“Over 100 affected pupils were taken to various health facilities, including Namungo Health Center III and MUKJ Medical Clinic,” Regional Police Spokesperson Rachael Kawala said in a statement Thursday morning.

According to Kawala, two suspects, identified as Kule Alfred and Mumbere Edger, both school cooks, have been arrested to aid with the ongoing investigations. They are currently detained at Mityana CPS.

“Food samples from the school have been collected for forensic analysis. The school has been sealed off pending further guidance. Preliminary findings indicate a total enrollment of 350 pupils, with most students discharged by evening, leaving about 50 under medical monitoring but in stable conditions. No fatalities have been reported at this time. The suspicion is that the victims may have consumed contaminated food, and investigations are ongoing,” added Kawala.