State House official gives himself an island on Lake Bunyonyi
KAMPALA (@EDGE_UG) – An official of State House has given himself an island on Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale district.
Akampene, a historical punishment island is located in Lake Bunyonyi between Bufundi Sub County in Rubanda district and Rubaya Sub County in Kabale district.
The island was used as a dumping site for young girls who got pregnant outside wedlock.
The girls would either starve to death or drown while trying to swim to the mainland.
The lucky ones would be saved by impoverished men who couldn’t afford the price of a bride and didn’t care about stigma.
However, the communities stopped confining the girls on the island in the 1940s due to the influence of Christian missionaries.
The island had until now remained a tourist site for both locals and international visitors.
However, residents went up in arms on Tuesday when they saw Mathias Muhereza, a state house official and former Rubanda West county parliamentary candidate taking over the Island forcefully.
According to residents, they saw Muhereza and his workers clearing and erecting a wooden dock on the island under the tight protection of the Police Presidential Guards [PPG].
They also erected a wooden foundation to erect a shelter for a bar.