#UGANDA POLICE HAVE CONFIRMED ABOUT 31 People who died on the Boat cruise on Lake Victoria Saturday evening, singer iryn namiburu and Buganda kabaka Mutebi’s brother Prince Prince David Wasajja. The Boat was headed for Mutima Island
It’s a tragic moment for the country, as more than 30 people perish in the Capsized boat on Lake Victoria, Nalubare. The revellers were heading to the Mutima Island on Saturday evening and the boat is thought to have been carrying 90 passengers.
A statement from the Police Rescue Operations. The UPDF’s spokesperson Brig RichardKaremire states that “17 more bodies have been recovered. The team of divers has increased to include Police and so far the number of the dead retrieved is 30 in total. Those alive remain 26. The operation continues.” It is a grieving moment for the Nation.
On Sunday morning, relatives and friends to the deceased to those who were traveling on the boat camped for the whole night at the shores of Lake Victoria to wait for the news on their loved ones. Many sighed and screamed each time a body was pulled from the water.
Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the families of our Ugandan brothers and sisters who perished in the Lake Victoria boat accident while partying on the Lake Victoria. Some of the rescued revellers include the kabaka mutebi’s brother Prince David Wasajja and the famous artist Iryn Namiburu.
The boat left at around 4pm to Mutima Island, on the way the boat capsized, over 15 people never had life jackets and those who survived majority of them had them put on. The second boat that had come to the rescue also capsized due to overloading and resulted to more people losing their lives.
The operation spokesperson Zura Ganyana identified some of the deceased as Templar Bisaso, the owner of the boat and K-Palm beach in in Mukono, Moses Muyanga the owner of Elite events and Bosco Oryoch, a rescuer.
Others are Micheal Kaddu, Sheila Mbonimpa, John Nyanzi, Richard Musisi, Arnold Mberu, Brian Ndori, Ritah Namara, Isaac Kayondo, one only identified as Kawalato and another only identified as Muwanga. Others are yet to be identified as the search and rescue operation continues.
There was no immediate information on the number of passengers aboard the vessel, nor the reason why it sunk. However some of the sources have it that, the boat was in poor condition, some say that it was overloaded and poorly balanced.