Neriko Tumwesigye, the deceased’s neighbor, says the accident occurred around 6:30PM at Karambo. He says the victims who were six in number, board the canoe at Heisesero landing site in Muko Sub county.
The possibility of ferry services on the Africa's second deepest lake is a result of a presidential commitment made in 2015, to ease transport across the water body which had become a death trap for travellers whose only means of transport is by boat, to the districts of Kabale and Rubanda in South Western Uganda.
The funnel-shaped white smock descended and covered the skies for several minutes sending residents in fear from the rare weather phenomenon. Although no damage was caused the waterspout forced all the canoes which had been docked at Harutinda to float.
Water and Environment Minister Sam Cheptoris said that governments intervention followed a survey that attributed silting of the lake to soil erosion on the hills adjacent to the lake. In May 2017, environment activists expressed worry over the depth of Lake Bunyonyi which has decreased by 1.2 meters due to silting.
On Thursday, a team from Marines Police, under the command of Kigezi Region Police Commander, Richard Ecega, and the Rubanda District Police Commander, Tai Ramadhan, spent over five hours searching for the bodies in the lake.
George Tukwasiibwe, a canoe operator on Lake Bunyonyi and resident of Burimba cell in Rubaya Sub County in Kabale district says that the takeover of the Punishment Island threatens the tourism sector since it has been one of the tourist attractions.
During presidential campaigns in 2015, President Museveni pledged to provide a ferry at Lake Bunyonyi in order to ease transport across the lake which had become a death trap for communities across the lake.
Charles Murengwa went missing on June 14 prompting his workmates to report the matter to Police to help them in searching for him. Police in Kabale district immediately started searching for him up to today when his body was found floating on Lake Bunyonyi.