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35-yr-old catechist drowns in lake Bunyonyi, dies

Residents standing at Kayanga landing site in Murambo village, Nyamiryango parish in Butanda Sub County as Marine police and local divers look for the body of the drowned catechist. PHOTO/ ROBERT MUHEREZA (DM)

Police in Kabale district is on the lookout for the body of a 35-yr-old man, a catechist attached to Kabale diocese who drowned and died instantly after a canoe he was sailing on capsized on Lake Bunyonyi.

The deceased identified as Kizabona Nafutali was a resident of Butanda Sub County was a catechist at Kayanga Catholic Church in Kabale Diocese.

The unfateful incident happened today (Monday, July 19) morning at around 7:00 am.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson confirmed the development saying the marine police was notified who later visited the scene, and established that he didn’t use protective gears and lost balance of the canoe which caused him to capsize.

“Marine police was notified, visited the scene and established that he didn’t use protective gears and lost balance of the canoe which caused him to capsize. Efforts to trace his body are being made so that he is given a decent burial,” Maate said.

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Mr Enock Kazooba, the Mayor for Ryakarimira town council has appealed to the government to quicken the process of establishing a ferry on the lake in order to save lives.

“I appeal to the community members living around lake Bunyonyi to stop using dugout canoes especially during this period when there are a lot of water waves on the lake due to strong winds. All people intending to cross lake Bunyonyi during this period should use engine boats because they are safer as compared to the dugout canoes,” Mr Kazooba said.


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