Police calls out survivors of the Lake Victoria boat accident to testify

By Robert Ssegawa

Day six Police and UPDF Marine teams continue with the search of possible missing persons and property following the boat accident on L.Victoria is still on going. So far two outboard engines, the metallic part of canopy that had submerged into the lake at the scene of accident of the MV Templar wreckage have been recovered and delivered offshore.

The wreckage of the boat that was retrieved yesterday, 33 people confirmed dead where the actual numbers of those missing still not known.

On Wednesday police called on MV Kabalega to help in retrieving the killer boat after trying with local fishermen manually to pull the wreckage. The police director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi has asked the survivors to come out and give their testimony to help in investigating the matter.

“We call upon the survivors to come out in good faith and give their testimony, you are not suspects only we want to verify the claims from the public whether the number on boat were correct or wrong ,says Mugyenyi.

He adds that police needs to get even more truth of the survivors, as intelligence shows that very many people survived and they don’t want to come out though police has a list of big people who are known to board the boat are still hiding.

Mugyenyi further explains that the intention is in good faith to exactly know how many people are still missing. Last week over 100 revellers board MV Templar to Palm Beach in Mukono and capsized left over 30 people dead and 26 were rescued that very night.

Capsized boat on L.Victoria that killed over 30 people has no license to operate.

ByRobert Segawa

The boat that capsized on L.Victoria Saturday night killing over 30 people left many bodies missing has no license to operate.

This was revealed by the state minister for transport Eng Aggrey Bagire during a visit at Mutima Beach rescue center in Mpatta Sub county in Mukono district.

Minister Bagire says that the boat was not registered, not inspected, and was in a mission to confiscate errant boats inclusive the one that capsized.

He adds that the boat that capsized is on their top list but unfortunately the owners have been playing hide and seek with some ministry officials.

Out team on Thursday was out to look for the same boat and the official was told that the boat is no longer plying the water due to mechanical faulty, Says Minister Bagire.

On Saturday at around 4 pm tragedy boat left KK Beach to Palm Beach carrying over 100 revelers capsized just a few meters off Mutima island to it’s destination at around 8 pm.

The police force, UPDF Marines together with the community involved in intensive rescue that night managed to rescue 26 people’s with 13 bodies before suspending the rescue mission.

Ssp Zurah Ganyanna the search and rescue recovery team spokesperson says among the people rescued is Prince Charles Wasajja a brother to Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, Singer Iryn Namubiru and prominent businessman Kiyimba Free Man.

She adds that the rescue mission continues on Sunday morning between police and UPDF Marines from Air Force together with Choppers Flying over the water to trace the floating bodies and also trace the wreckage of boats where 19 bodies were retrieved from the water

SSP Zurah Ganyanna says by late Sunday evening 19 bodies were retrieved and taken to Mulago hospital city mortuary that brings the numbers of bodies recovered to 32.

She, however, says that there is no hope of finding the survivor adding that among people who died in the water last night were fishermen who rushed into the accident point to rescue, but again rescue boat capsized killing many due to overloading.

The police and UPDF marine will also continue with the search of bodies with seriously resume tomorrow morning.

WHAT CAUSED THE TRAGEDY.

Overloading caused the tragedy as revelers stormed KK beach in big numbers for the long-awaited party organized by the business community.

The business community section downtown in Kikubo organized the end of year party which was to take place on the weekend of 10th November 2018 and was postponed to 24th November 2018 due to poor mechanical conditions.

According to one of the survivor, the team started arriving at KK Beach Gaba at around 8 am with their plan to set off to Palm Beach at 10 am.

She adds that they were told that the delays were because engineers were working hard to fix the boat to make their way to Palm Beach where the end of year party was to be held.

At 3pm they started boarding the boat and left KK Beach at 4 pm and all were asked to put on a life jacket and the boat started moving slowly until it developed problems and were asked to go one side of the boat so that it can balance but unfortunately it was taking in water and capsized.

She narrated that they tried to cling on the boat as they screamed but most of them were already drunk and had taken off their life jackets. Those who didn’t have life jackets tried as much as they can to hold on to those who had worn thereby increasing the number of people drowning and increasing the death toll.

The rescue boat arrived on time and all the survivors went onboard but they boarded in big numbers and it also capsized and that’s when most of them drowned and died.

Zurah Ganyanna says among the bodies that were retrieved on Sunday including one of the businessmen owning the boat a one Templer Bisase and his wife Sheila Bisase, and Business tycoon Yoweri Musumba a father to Busujju legislator David Kalanga.

She adds that police have embarked on investigating exactly what caused the boat capsized left dozens killed.Police also asked those still missing their loved ones to register with police book at rescue and service comm