The Police medical service directorate has released post-mortem reports for the thirteen bodies recovered on the shores of Lake Victoria during the 2015 Christmas week.
According to police, the reports conclude that all the victims drowned but at different hours.
12 of the bodies have already been claimed.
The post-mortem found pulmonary edema (accumulation of liquid to foam) in the lungs and mouth.
There was no sign of strangulation or anything else that could have led to death.
Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson says, there were scratches and wounds on the bodies which could have resulted from rocks and other objects in the water.
“All of them had foam called pulmonary edema…If someone is strangled there are certain red spots in the eyes and during the post-mortem that you get at the body. There was nothing like that. Even the shrinking of the hands, when somebody is recovered the hands shrink, the legs shrink – all those are consistent with drowning.”
“But the waters themselves are not clear. There are objects underneath there and when the body drifts you will hit rocks, you will get branches, you will get sticks down there and they will scratch the body”, Enanga said.
Police at Katwe police station, however, continues to investigate allegations that there may have been foul play or acts of criminal negligence by the beach owners and management.
Witness accounts are currently being recorded to help understand what happened to each victim and which exact beach they were at.
“Whatever they are investigating is for some of these friends of the victims because to come out with very clear witness accounts. Those ones who witnessed the last moments of these victims. What happened? Did they stray farther. That moment of distress when they were struggling. Was there any effort to rescue them and so on”, Enanga added.
The 13 bodies were discovered on 26th and 27th December 2015 at Aero, Lido and Spennah beaches.
One of the bodies is yet to be claimed to date.
The three beaches were closed down for a few days following discovery by Entebbe District Security committee that they did not meet the minimum safety and security standard.