What started out as a fun boat ride turned tragic when an unlicensed, uninsured and unregistered vessel capsized Saturday in Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest body of water.
Uganda Police Director for Operations Asumani says all marine components of the Uganda police and army have been deployed.He says they are not sure when all of the team’s bodies will be recovered.Based on the witnesses that many of them could be trapped in the wreckage, and we thought to have the capacity to overturn the wreckage.We have consulted the Ministry of Works, and they say the water here is shallow.The ship that is available cannot operate at this place.
There have been many calls for stricter safety rules, but Uganda’s marine regulations are based on a law that was enacted in 1939.The law says any vessel owner who breaches the conditions of a license, including overloading,chooses between paying a fine of less than 1 dollar or spending 12 months in jail.The vessel’s owner and his wife both died in the accident.
Boat operators at Mutima beach in Mukono explain what led to the latest tragedy.The passengers came and were told the vessel had mechanical problems, but they insisted and paid more money, but the vessel had a leak and started sucking in water.No one noticed until the boat capsized.It is a painful moment for family members of the passengers waiting for word of their loved ones.Sebuma Alex Kaluwanga lost his older brother, whose body has not been found.So we are here waiting because of the situation.We’re waiting to see what is coming forth, but we have not seen him, so we pray the police will continue the fight to retrieve bodies so our brother may also be found.We just need to know that we too can see his body.
穆科诺的Mutima海滩的船只操纵员解释了最近这场悲剧的原因。乘客们来了，他们被告知船有机械问题，但是他们坚持要坐并支付了更多的钱，但是船漏了，开始沉到水中。直到船倾覆人们才发现。对在等待亲人消息的家庭成员而言，这是个痛苦的时刻。Sebuma Alex Kaluwanga失去了他的哥哥，他哥哥的遗体还没找到。鉴于这个情况，我们在这儿等。我们等着看接下来会发生什么，但是我们没有看到哥哥，所以我们祈祷警方可以继续寻找遇难者遗体，这样才能找到我们哥哥。我们只需要知道我们可以找到他的遗体。
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has called for the registration of all motorized boats in the country to prevent further accidents.
Halima Athumani for VOA news Mukono
美国之音新闻，Halima Athumani 穆科诺报道。