In a shocking turn of events, a 24-year-old man, Rober Welikhe, lost his life during a drinking challenge in Namisindwa district. Welikhe, a well-known figure in the area for his fondness for alcohol, took on a dangerous challenge that ultimately proved fatal.
The ill-fated competition occurred in Sikhendu village, Sikhendu parish, Bukiabi sub-county, and was organized by Augustus Wete, a local trader in the Riverside trading center. The challenge involved consuming 12 bottles of Kakasa Kombucha, an alcoholic beverage imported from Kenya. Wete, the organizer, reportedly staked Shs 10,000 for anyone who could successfully down the dozen bottles.
According to eyewitness Michael Koyi, everything seemed to be going well until Welikhe reached the 8th bottle. At that point, Welikhe collapsed, and distressingly, foam began emanating from his mouth and nose. Concerned residents promptly rushed him to Lwakhakha Mercy Clinic for urgent medical attention. Tragically, Welikhe succumbed en route, casting a pall of shock and grief over the community.
Nicolas Soita, the Bukiabi sub-county LC III chairperson, confirmed the incident, expressing deep concern over the tragic outcome of the ill-fated challenge. Soita stated that authorities are actively pursuing Augustus Wete and others believed to be involved in organizing the deadly competition.
In a disturbing act of protest and anger, local residents, grieving the loss of Welikhe, dumped his lifeless body at Wete’s residence. The incident underscores the community’s outrage and demand for accountability in the wake of this preventable tragedy.
The Namisindwa district is now grappling with the aftermath of this shocking event, prompting discussions about the need for tighter regulations and enforcement against such hazardous challenges. Authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the drinking challenge and take appropriate action against those responsible.
As this unfortunate incident unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers associated with risky competitions and the importance of community leaders and law enforcement in curbing such hazardous activities.