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Azuba noted that the bilge should be kept dry at all times by bilge pumps, adding that government was still undertaking investigations and would address the country in future on the matter.
UPDF marine officers helping out with retrieving bodies on Lake Victoria after a boat accident on Saturday.

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The Transport and Works Minister, Monica Azuba has blamed the MV K Palm boat accident on no-adherence to laws governing water transport and defiance of lawful orders by the boat owners and travelers.

 

 

"A police officer intercepted and ordered the vessel not to make its voyage because the officer was suspicious of the vessel's seaworthiness but the vessel owner and some revelers threatened to throw the officer in the water for interrupting their joy ride. Revelers insisted on sailing in the 'suspicious' vessel. The vessel therefore took off," reads part of Azuba's statement delivered to parliament on Tuesday.

The boat sank on its way to K Palm Beach in Mpatta Sub County, Mukono district, killing more than 30 people. 25 others were rescued from the Lake.

Azuba said that on realizing the vessel had developed defects and couldn't make it to their planned destination, the skipper advised the owner, the Michael Bisase alias late Templar, that they should dock at the nearest landing site to enable passengers to disembark safely and save it from sinking but he refused and took over the navigation in an attempt to dock at Mutima Beach.

"According to preliminary Investigations, it is indicated that there was an increasing water level in the lower compartments of the vessel. This signifies that the vessel was leaking with water entering the bilge, which is the lowest compartment of the vessel,” she said.

 

Azuba noted that the bilge should be kept dry at all times by bilge pumps, adding that government was still undertaking investigations and would address the country in future on the matter.

 

 

She disclosed that the boat was a trawler, which was converted into a passenger vessel without requisite approvals from the line ministry and was operating cruise voyages mainly on weekends between various beaches in Mukono.

 

She said that the six water transport laws have sufficient provisions that would have prevented the accident from happening if they had been adhered to. 

These include The Maritime (fees) Regulations 2010, The Lake Victoria Transport Act 2007, Inland water Transport (Control) Act 1938, The Rivers Act 1907, The Ferries Act 1905 and The vessel Registration Act 1904.

She said that a combined team led by the Uganda Police Force (UPF),Ministry of works and Transport and the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF)  is still  trying to retrieve the wreckage of the boat to enable deeper investigations into the matter.

Azuba tabled before parliament a list of 32 people who died following the boat accident. She also tabled a list of 16 out of the 26 people who were reportedly rescued.

 

She however, said they were yet to establish the number of missing persons.

 

 

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Shortly after the minister's statement, the first Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali took to the announced November 30th a day of national mourning for the souls of the boat accident.

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The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said that whatever the causes, Uganda has had a national tragedy, which has not only happened on Lake Victoria but on other lakes. He emphasized the need for the country to devise means of addressing the problem.

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