According to information obtained by our reporters, Marine police often stop the boat operators to check on their life saving equipment such as life jackets, overloading and enforce the COVID-19 preventive measures. However, a boat operator told URN on condition of anonymity that the intention of the officers isn’t to maintain order on the lake but to extort money from them.
The boat was loaded with fish worth 40 million Shillings and other merchandise that included timber and a motorcycle. Mawaala LCI chairperson Gerald Kalyango says the boat engine sparked after experiencing a technical problem and lit three jerricans of petrol that were nearby.
Following the suspension of Kiyindi-Buvuma ferry last week because of a mechanical breakdown, various boat operators including fishermen started transporting people across Lake Victoria without considering passenger safety.