State Finance Minister in charge of Planning, Hon David Bahati, has paid a special tribute to three people who perished in Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale on Tuesday, urging authorities to introduce a ferry on the second deepest lake in Africa.
“I learnt with great sadness the tragedy of the untimely death, by drowning in Lake Bunyonyi, of three young people from Butanda Sub County, Ndorwa County West on Tuesday 11th August 2020,” said the Minister who also doubles as the area MP.
Officials say a canoe in which the deceased were traveling capsized at Hakyatunga in Butanda sub county due to bad weather.
The ill-fated canoe was reportedly carrying 7 people including a four-month-old-baby.
Four of the seven sailors, including the baby, were safely rescued after the canoe overturned, but the other three couldn’t.
These were sailing back home from Nyamiryango.
The incident happened at around 6:30pm.
“The three young people were among those who were coming from a commendable civic duty when tragedy befell them,” said Bahati.
The Minister said he was in touch with deceased’s families since the incident happened.
Scores have drowned in Lake Bunyonyi over the last few decades.
Bahati said this, and other tragedies that have taken place in Lake Bunyonyi, “are some of the the reasons we have consistently pushed for the deployment of ferries on the lake to provide more safe transport for our people.”