MP Wakabi confirms 15 dead in L.Albert boat accident

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Bugahya County MP, Wakabi Pius, says authorities have confirmed 15 people died in a boat accident that happened in Hoima district on Sunday.

The boat accident on Lake Albert claimed lives of football players and fans who were going to watch a football match.

“This is a very sad incident in my constituency. 15 people have so far been confirmed dead,” MP Wakabi told NBS on Tuesday.

The reason for the sinking arises from the fact that they used a fishing boat that normally carries about 4 people, yet they were 30, the MP said.

He said after Works and Transport Minister Azuba Ntege promised to streamline water transport, people thought all boat riders are supposed to have licences and life jackets for all their passengers.

“The government needs to get serious when it makes promises. If we had a proper road network along lake Albert, these accidents would be unheard of,” MP Wakabi noted.

By Monday, police had confirmed nine people dead, all members of Fofo football team found in Hoima district.

The boat was travelling from Fofo landing site in Buseruka Sub County to Runga landing site in Kigorobya Sub County in Hoima District, western Uganda, when it capsized, with police attributing the accident to overloading and bad weather.

Albertine region Police spokesperson, Julius Allan Hakiza, said a marine unit was on water searching for the victims but expects no survivors.

Those who died are; Majid Mayaya, coach Fofo football team, Winnie Oyenyi, a bar maid in Tonya parish, Sunday Nyayenga, 22, Fisto Larwoth, 20, Ayera Biwaga, Kothu Jerses, 19 Anita Janet, 18, Omirambe and one Pascal.

In December 2016, at least 30 members of a village football team and their fans drowned when their boat capsized on Lake Albert during a party.

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