The deceased fishermen have been identified as Joseph Jabila 19 and Angomoko Jakwonga 27 both fishermen attached to Kiryamboga landing site in Tonya parish Buseruka sub county Hoima district.
Fishing boats at Kijangi landing site in Hoima district.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
Two fishermen have drowned in Lake Albert, Hoima District.
The fishermen have been identified as Joseph Jabila 19 and Angomoko Jakwonga 27
both fishermen attached to Kiryamboga landing site in Tonya parish Buseruka Sub County.
Geoffrey Byensi, the Kiryamboga LCI Chairperson says that the fishermen’s boat
was on Tuesday night hit by strong winds forcing it to capsize.
He says at the time of the accident there were three fishermen on the boat
but one identified as Jakwonga Openjmungu survived after swimming and was rescued
by other fellow fishermen.
Charles Onega an eye witness who was fishing at the time
the boat capsized says it was late to save their lives since most fishermen were far away from them.
Baker Ogen a fisherman demands that government should come up with a policy of
compulsory wearing of life jackets by fishermen operating on Lake Albert.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson, says that the police
are yet to dispatch a team of marine divers to join local fishermen to search
for the bodies.
In May two fishermen drowned in Lake Albert after their boat was
hit by strong winds.
In May 2019, 17 footballers and fans drowned after a boat carrying
more than 50 players and fans capsized after it was
hit by strong winds near Fofo landing site in Buseruka Sub County in Hoima
They were heading to Runga landing site in Kibiro parish Kigorobya sub-county
Hoima district for a friendly football match.
On 25th December 2016 at least 30 members of a village
football team and their fans drowned in the Lake Albert in Bullisa
district. They were from Kaweibanda landing site heading for a friendly football match at
Runga landing site.