By Richard Akandwanaho
The Rubanda district Chairperson Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema has asked the government to intervene quickly and fulfil its pledge to provide a ferry to communities around Lake Bunyonyi as a way to ease transport on the Lake and curb the increasing deaths by drowning due to continued use of traditional water transport means.
During presidential campaigns in 2015, President Museveni pledged to provide a ferry at Lake Bunyonyi in order to ease transport across the lake which had become a death trap for communities across the lake.
The President’s pledge has since then never been fulfilled despite the continuous Public outcry as the Lake continues to claim many lives especially the locals from communities neighbouring Lake Bunyonyi.
On 11th this month, three people all residents of Katete Nkora in Nyamiryango parish Butanda Sub County Kabale district drowned in L. Bunyonyi as they were coming from Nyamiryango parish sailing back home using a canoe
Yesterday, a mother, her two daughters and two sisters also drowned in Lake Bunyonyi as the five were sailing from Rwarubaya Village to Karambo village.
Speaking to mourners at Karambo village in Muko Sub County Rubanda district, Biryabarema reminded the President to fulfil his pledge to the communities around Lake Bunyonyi saying the introduction of a ferry would solve such deaths caused by the continued use of traditional water transport means like canoes.
Biryabarema also said that as locals wait for the introduction of a ferry, government should also consider giving life jackets to the communities surrounding Lake Bunyonyi as a way to also reduce the risks of death in case of any water accidents.
Three bodies of the five family members who drowned yesterday have today been discovered and retrieved.
The bodies still missing are that of the mother Glorious Tumuhimbise and that of her sister Ronah Ninsiima. The already discovered and retrieved bodies are the bodies of Tumuhimbise’s two daughters Sandra Kyokusiima and Shanita Ruhangariyo and then that of her other sister Pretty Kyomugabe.