Flags at half-mast: American singer Ginuwine mourns L.Victoria deaths

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Ginuwine addressing press at Mestil hotel in Nsambya on Friday

American singer Ginuwine has joined Ugandans to mourn the victims of Lake Victoria tragedy that left the nation shaken.

“I would like to take this moment to condole with the people of Uganda who lost their loved ones in Lake Victoria accident,” Ginuwine said Friday afternoon while addressing press at Mestil Hotel in Nsambya.

He added: “I just heard about it. We pray for their families. I am very, very sorry. We need to celebrate their lives.”

Real names Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, Ginuwine was one of R&B’s foremost stars during the 90s heyday of R&B and soul.

He jetted in Thursday night for the Johnnie Walker Soul Safari concert tomorrow, Saturday at Speke Resort Munyonyo Lakeside.

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A country in mourning

The Ugandan and East African flags are flying half-mast today as the country mourns victims of the Lake Victoria boat tragedy that claimed several lives.

Government declared Friday a day of national mourning.

Uganda  Police  Force  also joined  the  rest of  the  country  in  mourning  the  death  of  Ugandans .

“May the souls of our departed brothers and sisters rest in eternal peace,” police said in a short statement while flying the flags at half-mast.

On Thursday evening, Police and UPDF marine teams successfully pulled the MV Templar wreckage to the mainland.

The Observer photojournalist Nicholas Bamulanzeki‏ says police is trying to pump water out of the ill-fated boat and then do a thorough search in the under compartments.

Works and Transport Minister Eng Monica Ntege Azuba heaped blame on the owners of the boats and a section of revellers for allegedly ignoring police orders to abandon the boat cruise.

“A police officer stopped the boat but the revellers insisted on sailing in a suspected boat…the accident was caused by the defiance and willful disobedience of the lawful orders from a police officer,” said Azuba during Tuesday’s plenary sitting of Parliament.

Minister Azuba put the figures of the dead at 33, and survivors at 26, but added that most of the people on-board remain unaccounted for because there was no inventory with the details of those on-board.

On Saturday 24 November 2018, an ill-fated boat with over 100 passengers left KK Beach in Ggaba, a Kampala suburb, late in the evening, but later capsized, killing dozens and quickly passing for a national disaster.

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