The Ugandan police is investigating a suspected food poisoning at Golden Learning Centre Nursery and Primary School in Namungo Central Village, Namungo Parish, on September 27, 2023, around 1630 hours.
Territorial police in Mityana said the pupils were experiencing symptoms such as stomach ache, headache, and vomiting immediately after being served Posho and beans for lunch at 1400 hours.
“Over 100 affected pupils were taken to various health facilities, including Namungo Health Center III and MUKJ Medical Clinic.”
“The scene of crime has been visited by our detectives and documented, with statements recorded from victims,” police spokesperson, SP Kawala Racheal said in a statement.
Two suspects, identified as Kule Alfred and Mumbere Edger, both school cooks, have been arrested to aid with the ongoing investigations and are currently detained at Mityana CPS.
The statement added that 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.”