Hassan Latif, a water safety coach attached to Masdar says that Busoga sub-region is still grappling with the challenge of managing drowning cases due to overloading of passenger boats and use of illegal boats during fishing activities.
According to Martin Okidi, a boat captain at the source of the Nile, the four members of the same family, who included two adults and two minors, had gone for a boat ride with a tour guide, when their boat engine developed a mechanical fault on their way to the Source of the Nile and drifted with the fast-flowing waters towards Kiira Power Station.
Isaiah Tumuhimbise, the port officer of Jinja pier, says that the port has been receiving daily tourists and food suppliers which cannot be maintained in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distancing is paramount.
The grenade burst and shuttered Gavuma’s body to pieces this morning while pushing his boat into River Nile. Fishermen normally connect homemade grenades on their boats and link them to small bulbs to attract more fish.
The Jinja Zone UPDF spokesperson, George Musinguzi says that they are conducting both day and night search for the body of their colleague. The main search area is around the Owen falls dam which has been cordoned off and restricted from fishermen, tourists, and other water users.