Canon Lydia Ibingira, the Kampala Central Lions Club president, says the benefiting schools include Bwaama primary school, Bwama secondary school, Kyabahinga primary school, Bufuka primary school, Little Angels Nursery and primary school.
The Lion clubs
of Kabale and Kampala Central have donated 500 lifesaving jackets to six
schools on the islands on Lake Bunyonyi in Kitumba Sub-county in Kabale and
Rubanda district as one of the safety measures for people.
Canon Lydia Ibingira, the Kampala Central Lions Club president, says the
benefiting schools include Bwaama primary school, Bwama secondary school,
Kyabahinga primary school, Bufuka primary school, Little Angels Nursery and
Two women groups namely Kakooko women’s group and Kitooma
Women’s group also received jackets. According to Ibingira, the schools and
women groups received 100 life jackets each. Each jacket is valued at Shillings 60,000.
Makerere University Chancellor, one of the members of the Lions Club told URN at
Bwaama island primary school that as Lions club, they got concerned following
numerous accidents where people would drown on the lake.
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Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the mayor Kabale Municipality, who represented
Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident
District Commissioner lauded the Lions club for their intervention.
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Robert Kanyooma, the headteacher Bwama island primary school, says prior to Covid-19
lockdown, the school 350 pupils had enrolled at the school. Kanyooma says that
the donation is a very big relief.
Kanyooma says that in 2019, a pupil drowned while crossing
back from the school when the canoe he was using capsized.
He says that due to
lack of life jackets, sometimes learners fail to show up at school or retire
early because of bad weather.
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In October 2020, Amon Turyatemba, a student of Nyabikoni secondary school
drowned in Lake Bunyonyi while on tour. In August 2020, five residents of
Karambo village in Muko sub-county in Rubanda district drowned in the same lake.
On August 11th, 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 in the same
In June 2020, two people from Muko sub-county in Rubanda district
drowned in the same lake while travelling in a canoe. In December 2018, Uganda
Police also donated 150 life jackets to pupils of Kyabahinga, Bufuka and Kifuka