Rwandan national buried alive in a sand pit in Kisoro

Rwandan national buried alive in a sand pit in Kisoro
An eye witness says Niyonsaba was mining sand in the pit while his colleagues were on top when the wall of the tunnel collapsed covering him underground

A sand pit has caved-in in Kisoro district, Uganda burying a miner of Rwandese origin. The deceased is 18-year-old Elisa Niyonsaba, a resident of Remera in Burera district in Northern Province in Rwanda.

Niyonsaba met his death at around 1pm on Tuesday in Nyagashinge village in Northern Division in Kisoro municipality. Residents say Niyonsaba was working with two casual laborers when the pit caved in and buried him alive.

David Nfitundinda, an eye witness, says Niyonsaba was mining sand in the pit while his colleagues were on top when the wall of the tunnel collapsed covering him underground.

Nfitundinda says their attempts to rescue the deceased didn’t yield results since the pit was very deep. The sand pit belongs to the deceased.

Charles Okotto, the Kisoro District Police Commander, confirms the incident, saying police intervened and retrieved the deceased’s body from the sand pit. Okotto says they handed over the body to Kisoro Hospital mortuary for postmortem as investigations into the matter continue.

URN