By Mukasa Kivumbi Bukedde/NECJOGHA
Nkokonjeru, Uganda – Fear gripped residents of Ndolwa village in Nkokonjeru town council, Buikwe district when two children were struck dead by lightning.
John Mukalazi, the Ndolwa village chairperson, identified the victims as Lydia Balyama, 14, who had just completed her primary leaving examinations at Nkokonjeru Boys Primary School and EstherMasane, 15, a senior one student at Visionland Senior Secondary School.
Mukalazi said the victims were daughters of Oliver Nabwire and Fred Kalangwa of Ndolwa Village.
Nabwire said the incident happened on Monday morning at about 9:00am during a drizzle.
“We were weeding tomatoes and I left the garden to attend to a maize buyer who wasa few metres away,” she said.
Nabwire said she saw the lightning strike the children who were a few metres away.
She said the strike was so powerful that it lifted the children in the air before they dropped on the ground.
“We ran to their rescue and found them unconscious. We rushed them to St. Francis Hospital in Nkokonjeru but the doctor told us they were dead,” she narrated.
Kalangwa said on arrival at the hospital, he was told his children were dead.
Fred Fungo, a neighbor, said the children did not die immediately after being hit by lightning.
“When we reached the hospital, Balyama was declared dead and after a few minutes, the doctor told us Masane had also passed away,” Fungo said.
Stephen Nsubuga, another neighbor said lightning strikes in his area are rare. He said the last time such an incident happened was 30 years ago, when it killed his sister in the nearby Mayirikiti village.
Nkokonjeru town council mayor James Kaaya consoled the bereaved family.
The bodies were taken to Kalangwa’s home for burial.