Bachelor MP recounts near-death experience at South Sudan swimming pool

for Tv47 Digital December 04, 2022, 01:41 PM
MP Peter Salasya near-death experience
Mumias East MP Peter Salasya being prayed for by the clergy after returning to the country. He had a near-death experience during the 12th edition of the East Africa Community Inter –Parliamentary Games in South Sudan.

In Summary

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) on July 2022 called on countries to put efforts to prevent drowning, one of the leading causes of death globally for children and young people ages 1–24.

  • WHO data published in 2020 indicates that drowning deaths in Kenya reached 1,200 or 0.46 per cent of total deaths, placing Kenya number 103 in drawings in the world.

Mumias East MP Peter Salasya is a grateful man. The youthful and first-time lawmaker accompanied his colleagues to the 12th edition of the East Africa Community Inter –Parliamentary Games in South Sudan.

The 12-day tournament kicked off on November 25 and came to an end on December 1. The regional games bring together the National Parliaments of Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) and host South Sudan.

The parliaments compete in football, basketball, volleyball, netball, athletics, darts and tug of war games.

MP Salasya was participating in athletics competition. On Tuesday, November 29 after the day's games, he says the sun was too hot and so he decided to cool himself by taking a dip in the swimming pool, despite not knowing how to swim.

The manager of the facility reportedly told the MP not to proceed beyond the shallow end of the pool, but nonetheless, he did not heed to the advice.

Out of curiosity, Salasya thought that he could just walk to the other end of the pool, but that was not the case.

All of sudden, he started drowning and could not see above the water, neither could he breath. 

He says that were it not the onlookers - who had watched as he takes a dip - who called a Sudanese man to pull him out of water, it could be a different story.

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