By Ambrose Kweronda
The body of Nafutali Kizabona, a catechist at Kayanga Catholic Church in Kabale Diocese has been retrieved from Lake Bunyonyi.
Kizabona,35, drowned on the lake on Monday morning when a canoe he was sailing on capsized.
He was alone in the canoe while crossing the lake from Kayanga Catholic Church in Butanda sub-county, Kabale district to Harutinda shores in Kitumba sub-county. On reaching the middle of the Lake, the canoe lost balance and capsized.
Elly Maate, Police Spokesperson for the Kigezi region says that Kizabona’s body was retrieved on Tuesday evening at around 7: 00 PM by residents and the marine police deployed at the lake.
Kizabona is the second catechist to drown in Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale in a space of six years.
In March 2015, Yorokam Byomuhangi, a Catechist at St. Phillips Church of Uganda Bugongi in the Diocese of Kigezi drowned while heading from his home Kitooma in Rubaya sub-county, Kabale district to preside over a Sunday service at his church.
In October 2020, Amon Turyatemba, a student from Nyabikoni secondary school drowned in Lake Bunyonyi while on a tour.
In August 2020, five residents of Karambo village in Muko sub-county in Rubanda district drowned in the same lake.
On August 11, 2020, three people including John Bosco Tumuheki, Felix Arineitwe, and Fricano Turyahikayo, all residents of Katetenkora village in Nyamiryango Parish, Butanda sub-county in Kabale district drowned when their canoe capsized on the same lake.
In June 2020, two people from Muko sub-county in Rubanda district drowned in the same lake while travelling in a canoe.
During the 2015 presidential campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide a ferry to ease transport across the lake. However, to date, the pledge is still pending.
The only intervention has been the establishment of a marine detachment to help in rescuing those who have drowned.
Located in Kabale and Rubanda district, the 900-meter deep lake is the second deepest in Africa and one of the top tourism revenue earners for Uganda.
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