Tragedy As Students Looking For Tuition Drown While Fishing


By Solomon Hamala



Tragedy befell residents of Maluba landing site in Mutumba sub county Namayingo district when two students drowned into Lake Victoria on Sunday 8th September, 2019.


The two drowned after a boat they were moving in capsized at around 2.30 pm immediately after a heavy downpour.


The deceased, Henry Wafula and Richard Owere, were returning to the shores when the boat they were moving in capsized a few meters away from the landing site after being hit by a strong wave.


According to one of the residents, Sande Isiko, they tried to run to the rescue of the two students using small boats but unfortunately the strong winds that were blowing across the lake by then simply kept on pushing the two to the deeper side.


Isiko said the two students who were due to return to school the following day always went fishing during their holidays in order to cater for their school tuition and scholastic materials.


The LC One Secretary for Defense, Moses Madanda said efforts are under way to have the two bodies retrieved from the lake.


The Police Spokesman Busoga East, James Mubi has appealed to all people traveling along the lake to always wear life jackets to avoid similar incidents. Mubi said there has been an increase in the number of fatal accidents along the shores of Lake Victoria because people are still hesitant to use life jackets as one of the preventive measures to save lives.