Man dies in a drinking competition
15 September 2016, 15:31
Kampala - Pandemonium ensued in the eastern Uganda district of Pallisa when one of the men who participated in an alcohol drinking competition collapsed and died.
Paul Mugwere, 45, was one of the five men who competed in drinking a litre of ''Nguli'' liquor, which is equivalent to chang'aa.
Each competitor paid UGX 10,000 as entry fee and the winner was to get UGX 400,000 and a radio as prizes.
All seemed to be going on well as Mugwere quickly drunk the liquor. He took the fist half litre withing about 3 minutes as people around cheered him on.
Within about 7 minutes he had taken all the liquor and people started singing songs praising him as a drinking hero.
But after a few minutes before the prizes were handed over to him, he collapsed and fell down. All the people who were around, including the organizers of the drinking competition fled for fear of arrest.
Sympathizers carried him to nearby clinic where he was declared dead.
Police have already mounted a hunt for organisers of the drinking competition.
Police officer Daniel Kirya said that they already have names of those who organized the deadly event.
''First of all, taking that liquor is illegal but organizing a competition in drinking an illicit drink cannot be accepted. We will arrest all those involved.''
The body of the deceased has been given to his relatives for burial.
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