Police Retrieves Eight Bodies from Lake Albert

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Albertine Region Police Spokesman Julius Hakiza says the eight bodies were retrieved from the water by police marine unit and local divers on Saturday night. He says they are still searching for the remaining two bodies.

Police has retrieved eight out of the 10 bodies that drowned in Lake Albert on Thursday.

The accident occurred when a boat carrying 21 people and bundles of firewood capsized while crossing from Kabolwa Landing Site in Buliisa district to Kagoya Landing Site in Nebbi district. Eleven people were rescued by marine police and local divers.

They were traveling to Nebbi after returning a body of another fisherman who died earlier.

Albertine Region Police Spokesman Julius Hakiza says the eight bodies were retrieved from the water by police marine unit and local divers on Saturday night. He says they are still searching for the remaining two bodies.

Lake Albert has a history of boat accidents with the most recent being in October, 2016 where two fishermen drowned at a landing site in Kagadi district.

In March 2014 about 250 people most of whom were refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo died when their boat capsized as they tried to cross into Uganda. In August 2012, five people died in a boat accident at Sansio landing site in Buliisa district.

In August 2010, another boat accident claimed 33 people who were traveling between two landing sites on the same lake. Most of the accidents have been attributed to overloading.

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.