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Zidda Nasasi: A mother who left home for prayers, returned to dead children

By Davis Mugabi

Two children have been confirmed dead from suffocation as a result of a fire outbreak.

The incident happened at about 2 am this morning in Kironde zone, Kabowa, Rubaga division.

According to preliminary investigations, it is alleged that Zidda Nasasi, the owner of the house, left her two-roomed house and went for overnight prayers, leaving her three children sleeping in the house.

Fire is reported to have started from one of the rooms where Seruwaji Ashraf, aged 12, was sleeping, and quickly spread to the other room where Kawuki Arafat, aged 8, and Namuddu Aya, aged 10, were sleeping. The two children, Kawuki and Namuddu, suffocated to death, while Seruwaji sustained serious injuries and is currently admitted to Mulago Hospital.

Kampala Metropolitan Police says the community responded promptly and managed to put out the fire before it could cause further damage.

“The cause of the fire outbreak is currently unknown, and our crime scene investigating teams have responded to the scene to collect material of evidential value, which will help us determine the cause of the fire.The bodies of the deceased children have been taken to City Mortuary Mulago for postmortem examination. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased children,” Deputy KMP Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said in a statement. He called on members of the public to “remain calm and cooperate with our investigating teams as they carry out their work.”

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