The community at Nakibanga landing site in Kyamuswa sub-county, Kalangala district, was filled with shock when a fisherman collapsed and passed away while fishing on Lake Victoria.
The incident occurred on Sunday, July 9, when the fisherman, known only as Zaamunda, aged 50, embarked on a fishing trip with his companion, Geoffrey Kyandiya.
According to Kyandiya, as they began setting their nets, Zaamunda suddenly coughed three times, collapsed in the boat, and immediately died.
Kyandiya also mentioned that Zaamunda had been experiencing a severe cough over the past month, but had seemingly recovered and was feeling well before they left the landing site.
David Galiwango, the deputy LC1 chairperson of the area, expressed their dilemma as they were unfamiliar with any of the deceased’s relatives, leaving them stranded with the body.
Galiwango further added that one of the challenges they faced was that fishermen rarely provided identification when changing their working locations.
The Kalangala Police confirmed the incident and assured the islanders that an investigation had been initiated to determine the circumstances surrounding Zaamunda’s untimely death.
It’s worth noting that the previous year, two fishermen had also died under mysterious circumstances at the same landing site.
However, despite assurances from the police, no public reports were released regarding the investigations into those deaths.