MARACHA. A ten year old boy in Robu village, Pabura parish, Nyadri Sub County in Maracha district has drowned in an open quarry site operated by Chinese company CICO that constructed Vurra-Arua Oraba road.
Morphart Alimani, the deceased, with his two other colleagues had gone to the area to swim in a pool of water that has sprang from underground to fill the void left by excavated rocks.
The incident allegedly happened on Saturday afternoon when majority of residents are suspected to have been resting after a days’ work and the security guard was not around at the time.
The paternal uncle to the deceased, Mr Peter Ondoma said the three boys including his nephew sneaked from home after playing a fiber ball to go and swim in the pool.
“They were all too young and they could not rescue their drowning friend” Ondoma said.
When residents rushed to the scene after getting the news, it was too late to save the life of the victim as his body was recovered underneath trapped between rocks.
Residents were engulfed in grief and somber mood after the body was removed from the pools.
The district chairman Mr Lawrence Adiga cautioned communities surrounding Rokoze stone quarry site against entering into the site without aim to avoid accidents.
He condemns the negligence of the police officers guarding the site for allowing the communities to access the place since it is currently undergoing reclamation process.
West Nile Web has learnt that this is the eighth child to have drowned in the pool though others have often been rescued.
But residents have divided opinion about the future of the site, while others want it refilled with concrete for drying their produce, others want it to be left as a source of water and fish farming, but what remains a fact is that they want the site fenced off and security tightened.
The Chairman of the community Mr Philiam Bakole said the discovery of water in the query site has complicated matters.
The site, according to officials from the districts environment office will be handed to the district and the community after full reclamation of the quarry is done.
The local miners manually break the stones into aggregates and sell a trip of lorry at fifty thousand shillings.
CICO officials could not be reached for a comment as all their known telephone contacts were not available be press time.