President Museveni has spoken out on a tornado that hit Lake Bunyonyi in South Western Uganda on Monday January 21, 2019.
Uganda Radio Network [URN] reported that residents in areas neighbouring Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District had witnessed a rare phenomenon, when a cyclonic storm snaked into the lake from the sky.
Many went into a panic when the funnel-shaped white smock descended and covered the skies for several minutes—a result of atmospheric disturbances around a low-pressure area accompanied by violent storms and severe weather conditions.
Moses Banyenzaki who owns an engine canoe at Harutinda Landing Site told URN the landfall came after a heavy downpour characterized by lightning and thunderstorms.
The site, comprising white smoke snaking from the sky into the lake near Natures Prime Island in Bubaare Sub County, Rubanda District.
“Bambi!! Abazukulu have never seen “eshato” that appeared on Lake Bunyonyi recently. The English word they use is a tornado,” Museveni said on Friday, while sharing the video of the incident.
He said Eshatos [tornados] rarely come, but they do once in a while. “Once, it lifted my uncle’s male calf (enimi) all the way across a valley.”
After the rain, the calf was found on the hill opposite the kraal, safe and sound, he narrated.
Eshatos are from the air, associated with rain and strong winds. It is, therefore, snake-like, white or dark in colour, depending on the clouds involved- Cumulus, Nimbus etc. Cumulus are the white clouds and Nimbus are the dark ones, Museveni explained.
He said if the wind is on the ground and the ground is dry, it then kicks up a whirlwind which may look like a mini-shato, but is dusty. This is called “akasoroora” in Runyankore/Rukiga (whirlwind).
“Bazukulu, strive to know more about Uganda as you also learn about other parts of the globe. It has a lot for you. The Old Man with a hat.”