Rukungiri Floods Kill Teacher

A primary teacher has died in floods that cut off Rukungiri town from Nyarushanja and Nyakishenyi Sub-counties in Rukungiri district. 

Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson identifies the deceased as Micheal Tumwesigye, a teacher at Kebisoni integrated primary school in Kebisoni town council and a resident of Migyera village in Nyarushanje Sub-county.

According to Maate, Tumwesigye allegedly drowned at River Mineera in Rwankoma village following a heavy downpour that pounded the area for 23 hours. “As he headed to his workstation at around 8:00 am on Wednesday morning riding his motorcycle UDM 665D, Tumwesigye allegedly drowned in River Mineera as he tried to cross the bridge that was covered by running water,” Maate said.

“The road has been temporarily closed to avoid more fatalities and the motorcycle believed to be for the deceased has also been recovered and parked at Omukiyenje police station,” he added.

Can. Charles Karikatyo, the  LC1 chairperson of Rwankoma village chairperson where the incident happened told our reporter that he was informed by the residents early in the morning about the matter. “I got the information from residents who were at the bridge when the incident happened. As a responsible leader, I also informed the police about the incident,” Can. Karikatyo said.

Denis Muhwezi Salongo, an eye witness said he tried to rescue the deceased but failed since the victim had a motorcycle making it hard for him to get him out of the water. “The waters were running very fast to the extent that I also feared to engage the waters thus his death,” Muhwezi said. 

Micheal Musiime, the LC 3 chairperson of Nyarushanja sub-county says the government should find a lasting solution to the flooding of River Mineerna. “This is not the first time, last year 9 cows were killed by floods, and a lot of property including gardens were also destroyed. So the government should come on board with an everlasting solution to the flooding of Mineera,” Musiime said.

Geoffrey Kyomukama, the Rukungiri LC V chairperson called for Patience saying that the district is doing all it can to have the situation back known. “I want to feel sorry for the family of the deceased teacher and the public at large for having been disrupted by the flooding of River Mineera. As a district we are not seated,” Kyomukama said. The search for the teacher’s body was still ongoing by the time of publishing this story. 

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