Residents from the villages of Kabirango, Manyira,Kihorongwa,Kishazi, Ndarura and Rijiga all in Rwaryana Parish applauded Hon Ndamira for honoring the pledges she makes .
They added that the donated lifejackets are going to save them from the marine accidents that usually claim the lives of people crossing lake Bunyonyi
Speaking to our reporter, the beneficiaries from Ndarura and Rujinga said that crossing the lake without lifesaving equipment has always put them at a high risk of drowning in the second deepest lake in Africa
Aryatukwasa Mercy,Peter Kabahakane and Kabamba Dickens Henry said that people have been drowning because there were no life jackets to save the situation.
They added the children fetching water, those going for prayers and the farmers going to attend their gardens have been at a risk of drowning.
They added that they have never received a donation of life jackets in the area saying that Hon Catherine Ndamira has become the first leader to donate to them the life jackets.
The beneficiaries applauded the legislature for fulfilling the pledge she made on the burial of 5 family members on 23 August 2016
They cried for more life jackets in the area to save the situation and further showed concern on how they always become stuck while others get late on their daily activities because of the two canoes in the parish.
Byomugabe Jasper the chairperson lc1 Ndarura village lobbied the MP for canoes in the area. He added that it’s so unfortunate that they have only two canoes in Rwaryana Parish, which has 6 villages.
Byomugabe added that on 23 August 2016, five family members drowned because they had no life jackets and there was no canoe which the residents could use to save them.
The Kabale district woman MP through her Political Assistant Mr Akampurira Alex urged the beneficiaries to always share the life jackets whenever they are on the lake.Atwakiire further was concerne that parents send the young children at the age of 4 years tofetch water from the lake, which puts them at risk of drowning.
Lake Bunyonyi provides cheap means of transport for goods from the area to business centers like Muko, Halutinda and Kabale town .
Rwaryana Parish which has a population of over 2000 people and they are only served by only two local canoes which has hindered transport in the area.
According to the natives, a total of 37 people have drowned in the lake between the months of November 2021- to date.