Uganda: At least 29 dead after boat capsizes in Lake Victoria

Uganda: At least 29 dead after boat capsizes in Lake Victoria

Prince David Wasajja, a brother to Buganda King Ronald Mutebi, singer Iryn Namubiru and city businessman, John Fredrick Kiyimba commonly known as Freeman were among those rescued.

President Yoweri Kagiuta Museveni has mourned all those that perished in a boat accident that occurred on Lake Victoria yesterday evening.

The cruise boat went down off Mukono district, which is close to the capital Kampala, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported on its website.

The boat carrying almost 100 revelers sank in bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa's largest lake. People tried to jump onto the boats, but they were too many and those sunk. No information was provided by police on how many people may still be missing.

"We screamed for over 25 minutes, and saw rescue teams on a boat coming to save us", he said.

"I've seen a lot of accidents but nothing as bad as this", said Matovo, who -- along with oth er witnesses -- had recently seen the boat being fixed up.

Police said overloading and bad weather were likely to blame, adding that fishermen trying to rescue the passengers on the boat were among the victims.

Police is resuming operations to find the remainder of the people who were involved in a boat accident last night in Lake Victoria.

In a statement released this afternoon, the President also says Government has ordered for electronic registration and monitoring of all boats operating on lakes.

However, the search is still on for other bodies. Victims include the couple who owned the boat, according to police officer Ganyana. More than 90 passengers were on the boat, leading officials to believe that the death toll will rise. In September, hundreds died when the MV Nyerere passenger ferry sank on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria.

With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

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