Grief As Family Of Five Drown In Lake Bunyonyi

Police is Investigating circumstances where Five more people have drowned in Lake Bunyonyi, barely a week after three people drowned in the same lake.

Mr. Elly Matte  the Kigezi region police spokesman identified the deceased as Grolia Tuhimbise, her children, Shanitah Ruhangariyo 1 and half years and Sandra Kyokusiima, 10 months, all residents of Karambo village in Muko sub-county of Rubanda district.

Others are Pretty Kyagabirwe, 9 and Ronah Ninsiima, 8 who were Ayebazibwe’s sisters.

“All the bodies are yet to be retrieved,” Mr Maate said.

Neriko Tumwesigye, the deceased’s neighbor, said the accident occurred around 6:30PM at Karambo.

He added the victims who were six in number, board the canoe at Heisesero landing site in Muko sub county.

Tumwesigye reveals that Tuhimbise and her children were returning her parent’s home in Ikumba Sub County to her marital home.

Dalton Niwampa, who was paddling the canoe managed to swim to the lake shores. None of the victims had a life jacket by the time of the accident.

Herbert Byaruhanga, the Muko Sub-county LC3 chairperson, said the canoe capsized after being hit by a strong wave.

He added efforts by residents to retrieve the bodies haven’t yielded results and they have notified police to help and search for the bodies to allow for a decent burial by relatives.

On August 11th, 2020, three people including John Bosco Tumuheki, Felix Arineitwe and Firicano Turyahikayo, all residents of Katetenkora village in Nyamiryango Parish, Butanda Sub County in Kabale district drowned after their canoe capsized in the same lake.

In June this year, two people from Muko sub-county in Rubanda district drowned in the same lake while travelling in a canoe.

In 2015, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide a ferry, since the only available means of transport is by boat to the districts of Kabale and Rubanda.

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