Lightning Kills Four in Kabale

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Four were last evening struck dead by lightning in two separate locations in Kabale district.

Four were last evening struck dead by lightning in two separate locations in Kabale district.
Two of the dead are Bridget Turyashemererwa (6) , Joel and Katooto (14)  all residents of Shooko Village in Kibuga Pariah  Rubaya sub county.
Another victim only identified as Ndyabihurira who was a visitor to the area from Karukaara in Hamurwa Sub County was also killed in by the strike.
Rubaya sub county local council III chairperson Enock Kazooba told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that the three were digging late in the evening and took shelter under a tree near the garden from where they struck by lightning.
 Kazooba adds that 28-year-old Scollar Arikundira who was together with the deceased at the time of their demise was critically injured by the lightning.
He adds that the downpour also destroyed garden of Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes.
At another location, Sam Asiimwe, a student at Kabale Secondary School, was also struck dead by lightning during the heavy downpour that lasted for about 2 hours in Kamuganguzi Sub County.
According to Julius Barusya, a Kamuganguzi sub county councillor, the heavy downpour started at around 5pm up and lasted up to 7pm.
He says that incidents of lightning strikes have become common in Kabale and that locals are always scared whenever it rains.
Kabale district chairperson referred to the incidents as unfortunate and says that the district authorities will visit Rubaya Sub County to assess the damage caused by the heavy downpour.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.