By Samuel Opio
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has expressed shock at the Saturday Lake Victoria boat accident that has so far claimed over 30 people, with the death toll rising.
Bobi Wine, who is in Ghana for AFRIMA music awards, said it is unbelievable for the country to lose such big number of people in an accident and called for national unity.
“The news coming from home is very sad. I still cannot believe that we lost so many young people on that boat. My heart is heavy. I lost several personal friends in the accident and it is extremely painful. We continue to pray for the families of all who lost loved ones, and for a quick recovery to those who are nursing injuries,” he said in a statement issued on his Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.
Bobi Wine also requested a team from his One Love Beach in Busabala to dispatch boats to help out with the rescue mission, and recovery of bodies.
“Last night when we learnt of the tragedy, I requested my team at One Love Beach to dispatch our boats to help out with the rescue mission, and recovery of bodies. I also encourage all of us to use all our abilities to help the victims of this tragedy. We must always be united in grief as we do in times of joy. Kitalo nnyo dala!”
Nonetheless, he thanked the Ugandan winners of the Afrima awards; Irene Namatovu (Best artist in African Traditional), Bebe Cool (Best Male, East Africa) and Sandra Nankoma (Best Female Artist, African Inspirational Music)
“As I leave Ghana for home, I am very pleased that Uganda performed exceptionally well at Afrima 2018 where I was invited as a panellist and special guest. I congratulate fellow Ugandan artistes who won awards- Irene Namatovu (Best artist in African Traditional), Bebe Cool (Best Male, East Africa) and Sandra Nankoma (Best Female Artist, African Inspirational Music). Thank you for raising our flag high,” he said.
“I was also honoured to hand over the Afrima honorary Legendary Award to the Legendary Ghanaian band, Osibisa for their immense contribution to music in Africa and the world. May the souls of our departed countrymen and countrywomen rest in eternal peace,” he added.