The residents, most of them casual labourers and market vendors say that security teams are demanding national and work identity cards, from every person who intends to cross the Nile bridge, yet many of them do not have documents and do not belong to the category of essential workers who are allowed to cross the district boundary.
According to preliminary information, the 13 Ugandan traders were sailing on a boat with an unspecified number of bags of maize flour and fish from Sigulu Island in Namayingo district for sale in Kenya.
Muzoora says the five were returning from Nwoya district this morning where they had gone for cultivation on a canoe loaded with sacks of foodstuffs, which were too heavy for the water forcing it to capsize. The deceaseds bodies were recovered from different spots following a joint search by marine officials and residents.
Samuel Abedi, the Amolatar District Police Commander, says they have so far recovered the bodies of Carlos Ogwal, 6, Michelle Akello, 3 and their mother, Lillian Ayugi, 32 years. He says they are still searching for the bodies of two other accident victims.
Usually, Lake Victoria experiences strong waves between the Months of June and August. However, Lake Victoria in the past two weeks has experienced rough waters. The strong waves are mostly experiences in open waters between Funve and Buggala Islands, Bugaba and Bukasa Islands and between Kigungu and Kachanga islands.
Nsamba says they have also appealed to the Fisheries Protection Unit to resume their operations on the Lake and fight the practice of fishermen gazetting certain spots on the lake, which is fueling clashes.