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Two engineers drown at Isimba dam:dam spirits to blame

Two engineers have drowned at Isimba dam in Kayunga District.

The deceased were employees of the DIVETEPH Uganda Limited that was contracted to clean and maintain the turbines.

The Ssezibwa Regional Police spokesperson Ms. Hellen Bitoto said the Wednesday morning incident happened when the two “expert engineers” were carrying out routine maintenance of the turbine.

“So far we have retrieved the body of one engineer and the search for the other is still ongoing. We are yet to identify the deceased,” she said.

Isimba Hydro Power Project (HPP) which adds 183MWs to the national grid was commissioned by President Museveni on March 21, 2019.

It is located 4km downstream of Simba Falls on the River Nile, approximately 50km downstream of the Source of the Nile.

The project site is about 21km from Kayunga town and about 65km from Jinja Town.

Locals told whisper eye media team that the spirits of the dam were not properly appeased by the constructors hence the sacrifice