American journalist tracking the Nile dies

ARUA. An American tourists, also a journalist tracking the source of River Nile on foot, has died in Arua. According to a statement recorded at the Arua Central Police station, Mathew John Power, 39 joined his colleagues two days ago from Rwanda. They then started the journey on March 10 from Pawor Sub-county in Arua and reached Ajai Game Reserve at Amorapi village as they intended to move to Egypt following the banks of the Nile.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ms Josephine Angucia, told the Daily Monitor on Tuesday: “He (the deceased) vomited and bled through the nose and died shortly. The police rushed to the scene and picked the body from Ajai,” she said. It remains unclear what could have caused the death since the postmortem results have not been released.

One of the his colleagues, whom Daily Monitor contacted at Arua Central Police Station declined to comment saying the family members did not want him to divulge any information to the press. The Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of United States in Kampala, Mr Daniel Travis, said: “We are well aware of the case and our Consul is working on it and beyond this I cannot talk because our privacy law is very strict.”The River Nile has become a source of tourist attraction to many due to its combined lush vegetation along the shores, islands and peninsulas, the several bird species.

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