27 year reveller drowns in Lake Nabugabo on Easter Monday

LILLIAN N. MUTYABA

Farouk Kalyango, a 27-year-old resident of Kasaayi village in Rakai district was among the hundreds of revellers that poured in at Sand Beach Nabugabo in Masaka on Easter Monday.

He joined in the merry making, dancing to the tunes of different musicians that performed before ran into the lake to swim.

As fate would have it, Kalyongo drown on his first attempt at swimming.
According to Richard Kiwanuka, who was among swimmers, deceased entered the lake while drunk.

“He entered the lake with a bottle of beer, he had been drinking before he came to swim,” Kiwanuka said.

Sand Beach Nabugabo is a popular entertainment and holiday destination in Masaka but also common for lake accidents.

In the early 2000s scores of people died on the lake on Boxing day.

On August 20, 2014, Isma Mukasa, a former employee of Tuwereza Bakery drowned from the same beach and two years later, four students of St Joseph Butenga Secondary School in Bukomansimbi district and Prince Kalema SS in Masaka drowned in Lake Nabugabo during their schools’ beach party.

On Boxing day 2017, a carpenter at Nakayiba -Nyendo, Masaka Municipality drowned from the same lake but police concealed the details.

Lameck Kigozi, the Greater Masaka police spokesman, says most accidents at the beach are due to over drinking.

“As police, last week we warned revellers against entering the lake under the influence of alcohol and for this there is need for beach owners to regulate swimming and other activities other than allowing everybody to do what he or she wishes,” Kigozi said.

Herman Kasozi, the propriator of Sand Beach Nabugabo said he is blameless since he put warning notices around the beach.

“I don’t know why people do not follow rules and regulations they find where they go, I put posters from the entrance to the lake indicating that entering the lake is at own risk,” Kasozi said.