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At least 14 people are missing after a boat capsized on Lake Victoria, off Rippon landing site in Jinja district.

At least 14 people are missing after a boat capsized off Rippon landing site in Jinja district, on the shores of Lake Victoria. So far, only two bodies have been recovered following the incident.

Bukooli Islands County Member of Parliament, Peter Okeyoh told URN on phone that the boat carrying bags of maize, traders' merchandise and about 30 people encountered strong winds as it was heading  to Golofa landing site on Dolwe islands, and it capsized. 

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Golofa landing site LC 1, Bosco Kalinda confirms on phone the many people are still missing as rescue operations continue. 

Busoga South Regional Police Commander, Ashraf Chemwonges confirms the boat capsized and preliminary information shows that at least 14 people have been rescued. He also says over 14 people are still missing while two dead bodies have been recovered.

Chemwonges declined to give further details, saying they continue to get new facts and will crosscheck the reports with survivors.


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Aldon Walukamba
Aldon Walukamba believes he was born to be a journalist. Uganda Radio Network's former Busoga region bureau chief is now in Kampala to continue to do what he loves.

Walukamba has been an active journalist since 2000. He was a radio presenter and producer at Radio Management Services (Busoga FM, All Karamoja FM between 2000 -2004). He also worked as a media trainer at United Media Consultants and Trainers UMCAT and Makerere Institute for Social Development MISD (2005-2007), before he joined Buddu Broadcasting Services as a News Editor and Producer, later Programmes Manager and Station Manager.

Walukamba's journalistic interests are in local government, news, human rights, agriculture, environment and politics. He is member of several professional societies and sports Institutions.