The management of Sand Beach Nabugabo has denied responsibility for the death of two students in Lake Nabugabo during their leaver party on Saturday last week. More than 200 students from Prince Kalema secondary school Mpugwe and St. Joseph Secondary school Butenga in Bukomansimbi district convened at Nabugabo sand beach for a joint Senior six and four candidate’s leavers party.
During the party, some of the students decided to swim in Lake Nabugabo despite lacking the necessary skills. Two students identified as Ronald Kyazze of Prince Kalema secondary school and Frank Mutambuze of St. Joseph secondary school Mpugwe drowned in the lake. Over ten others were rescued from drowning.
Police have since arrested four people who retrieved the bodies of the two students from the lake and rescued the others. They include Paul Magala, the Nabugabo Village LC I chairperson, Ibrahim Kyagalanyi, the Nabugabo Rescue Boat operator, Philemon Bukenya and Lawrence Sserunjogi. John Mwaule, the Masaka District Police Commander, says they picked up the suspects when they found injuries on the bodies of the two students.
The management of Sand Beach Nabugabo has come under fire from the public over the incident for alleged failure to put in place safety measures to protect reveler. But Herman Kasozi, the Managing Director of Sand Beach Nabugabo, says they are not to blame for the death of the students because those who venture into the lake do it at their own risk.
Kasozi says they went and extra mile to place tapes a few meters from the lake warning revelers against the dangers of venturing in the water, but they were destroyed by the revelers. URN saw several notices on the beach warning revelers to take extra precaution before venturing into Lake Nabugabo to swim.
Our reporter also saw empty sachets of waragi on the shores of Lake Nabugabo, an indication that some revelers venture into the lake while drunk.The arrest of those who retrieved the bodies of the dead students and rescued ten others from the lake has not gone down with residents.
Jack Magandaazi, a resident of Nabugabo Sand Beach, faults police for arresting the residents for nothing and demands their unconditional release. He faults government for failing to deploy officers from the police marine unit to the monitor the safety of fishermen and people using the lake.
Maxwell Ogwal, the greater Masaka Regional Police Commander, says the suspects were picked up to help police investigation.