Nyamagabe: National Examination candidate dies of drowning

Gasiga Désiré, 19, who was sitting national examinations in Nyamagabe district, drowned in a pond. He, along with colleagues escaped from their school ‘Notre Dame de la Paix Cyanika’ to go for swimming. The deceased was a student of Computer Science.

Gasiga from Ruhango district drowned in a pond located in Kabarera village, Ngoma cell of Cyanika sector in Nyamagabe district yesterday evening.

The executive secretary of Cyanika sector, Ndorimana Jean Chrysostome says that the late was with nine co-students.

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“Nine students escaped the school and called the deceased to accompany them. They went and swam in a pond where the deceased drowned His mates informed us one hour later. We informed the police but efforts to retrieve the body remained futile,” he said.

Ndorimana explained that residents stayed at the pond the whole night till they saw the body around 6:00 in the morning and took it to Kigeme hospital.

“The pond has clean water and is deep. It was formed in a crater where a Chinese company extracted stones to use in building Kitabi-Nyungwe road. After completing road construction, the Chinese company left without covering the crater where they extracted stones. We are too worried as leaders,” he said.

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Following the incident leaders have delegated a patrol unit at the pond to prevent more people from using it. Another primary student drowned in the same pond last year.

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