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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday afternoon that the deceased was fishing with his colleague, John Kyaligonza where a hippo attacked their boat causing it to overturn and capsize.
A fisherman in a boat on the lake Albert waters near Songagagi landing site in Hoima district .Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
A hippopotamus has hit a boat in Kikuube district killing a fisherman on Lake Albert. 

The deceased has been identified as 57-year-old Hosea Katuramu 57, a fisherman attached to Kyavundha landing site Nkondo parish Kabwoya Sub County.

   

The incident happened around 9:30am on Wednesday morning. 

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday afternoon that the deceased was fishing with his colleague, John Kyaligonza where a hippo attacked their boat causing it to overturn and capsize.

He however, says Kyaligonza escaped the accident and swum up to the landing site. 

Hakiza says a group of fishermen teamed up with police and retrieved the deceased’s body from the lake and handed it to the relatives for burial.  

The death of Katuramu brings to three, the number of fishermen killed on Lake Albert with a space of two days. 

On Tuesday evening, two fishermen attached to Nana landing site in Tonya parish Buseruka Sub county Hoima district died on the Lake Albert after their fishing boat was hit by strong winds forcing it to capsize.  

The deceased fishermen were only identified as Owonda and Dickon. Their bodies are yet to be retrieved from the lake. Several accidents have occurred on the same lake in the past. 

On November 4th, 2019, a boat carrying 23 passengers to the Democratic Republic of Congo capsized in Lake Albert killing 11 people in Kagadi district.

In May 2019, a boat carrying over 60 footballers and fans capsized Lake Albert killing 16 people near Fofo landing site in Hoima district.  

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