Three people drown in Musoma canoe accident

MUSOMA: THREE people died after the canoe they were sailing in capsized in Lake Victoria.

The Office of Musoma Rural Member of Parliament announced the tragedy, stating that the trio drowned on Sunday at Rukuba Island, which is a three-hour distance from Goziba Island in Bukoba.

“We are saddened to announce the death of our three colleagues who drowned on Sunday when strong waves destroyed their timber-made canoe, causing it to be overwhelmed by water,” said Musoma Rural Member of Parliament, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“The canoe originally had four people on board, but one resident of Musoma Urban survived the incident. The two deceased individuals lived in Maneke, while the other hailed from Nyegina,” added Prof Muhongo.

The MP also revealed that the process of recovering their bodies had started and involved ten canoes.

The legislator stated that they needed over 500 liters of fuel for the mission to search for the bodies., whereas Rukuba residents contributed 300 liters and his office contributed 200 liters.

The MP encouraged people to contribute to the expenses of the three funerals, as the village account of Rukuba Island was out of money.neurship is not just a fleeting trend but a viable vocation with significant implications for business growth and survival.

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