Police Retrieves Bodies of Five Fishermen from Lake Victoria

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Lameck Kigozi, the Southern Region Police Spokesperson, says police have handed over the bodies of the fishermen to their relatives.

 Police have retrieved the bodies of five fishermen who drowned in Lake Victoria on Monday evening. The fishermen drowned after their boat capsized at Kamese landing site in Kalangala District.
 
Two other fishermen aboard the same boat survived the accident. The fishermen were ferrying passion fruit poles from Kasekulo landing site in Mugoye Sub County to Buwuvu Island in Kufumira Sub County.

 
Police suspects the overloaded boat capsized after being hit by strong winds being experienced on the lake. This afternoon, Police manage to recover the bodies of the fishermen identified as Charles Bwete, Charles Namugera, Kaye Ssenabulya and a one Bulita.
 
 
Lameck Kigozi, the Southern Region Police Spokesperson, says police have handed over the bodies of the fishermen to their relatives. Richard Musisi, the Kalangala District Police Commander has cautioned fishermen against overloading their boats and venturing into the Lake without life jackets. 


According to Musisi, preliminary investigations show that the boat was overloaded yet none of the travellers had a life jacket. Boat accidents are common on Lake Victoria although this is the first serious one this year.

 
Authorities have cautioned fishermen to take extra precautions in the months of June, July and August because of the strong winds expected.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.