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11-year-old falls off mango tree to death after granny sends him to climb, pick mangoes

By Marvin Ochol

The Central Police Station, Budaka has in its records a case of an accident in which an 11-year-old died after falling off a mango tree yesterday.

The deceased has been identified as Simon Peter Ikol.

Preliminary findings show that Ikol was sent by his grandfather, Augustine Ikol, 67, to pick fruits.

However, he accidentally slid off the branches, falling down.

He was then rushed to a clinic at Kavule Trading Centre for first aid but was pronounced dead a few hours later.

Bukedi Police Spokesperson Immaculate Alaso confirmed the incident.

Alaso said the body is at Mbale City Mortuary for a postmortem as inquiries Vide Iki-Iki CRB 0076/2021 continues.

Ikol was a pupil at Kakoli Primary School.

A study by Makerere University in Budaka in 2019 in the sampled schools of Iki- Iki Sub County for academic purposes assessed the extent to which primary school pupils of Iki-Iki Sub county, Budaka district were affected by hunger. Four schools were sampled with 12 pupils, 8 teachers and 10 parents for purposes of responding to the study.

 Results showed that although most of the schools had a school feeding program, most of the parents could not afford to contribute towards it as a result; their children did not have a meal at school. 

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