January 29, 2015

Another Police Recruit Dies After Physical Drill

A second man who participated in the latest Uganda Police Force (UPF) recruitment drive has died this morning.

The late, Nicholas Ngobya
The late, Nicholas Ngobya

Nicholas Ngobya (25) died this morning in Masaka, days after he had been treated for muscle cramps.

Ngobya was one of the 226 hopeful who turned up for the police recruitment drive in Masaka town on Tuesday, this week.

Ngobya, a Computer Engineering graduate from Kampala International University, was unable to complete the demanding physical drills.

Ngobya reportedly collapsed at the beginning of the mandatory five kilometre run along the steep road near Kimanya Catholic Church in Masaka town.

The run had started at  Masaka Police Barracks Primary School were the recruitment exercise was taking place.

The Southern Regional Police spokesman, Noah Serunjoji says Ngobya suffered muscle cramps in both legs.

Serunjoji says Ngobya was rushed to Masaka police barracks health centre where he was treated and later released into his parents’ care at Kirumba village after he recovered.

One of Ngobya’s relatives Joseph Kizito says that though the deceased was able to walk on his own yesterday, he started complaining of chest pain that night. He also complained of pain in his legs before he passed away this morning.

Kizito says that Ngobya had decided to seek employment in the police after his driving school business venture failed to succeed.

Serunjoji says police is investigating the cause of Ngobya’s death.

Ngobya’s is the second death reported while trying to join the Uganda Police Force.

Steven Bwampu died in Fort Portal, Kabarole after undergoing the tough physical drills expected of any police recruit.

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