In response to the recent tragic boat accident on Lake Victoria, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission has provided a donation of relief items and life jackets to Gen. Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport.
This donation serves as a gesture of condolences for the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of over 20 individuals due to the capsizing of an overloaded vessel.
The ill-fated boat was en route from Lwanabatya landing site in Kalangala district to Kasenyi landing site in Wakiso district.
The Lake Victoria Basin Commission, an organizing body for East African Community partner states tasked with ensuring secure water transportation on the lake, offered this donation in support.
Dr. Masinde Bwire, the executive secretary of the commission, presented 40 SOLAS approved life jackets and food supplies to the grieving families affected by the recent boat tragedy.
The handover event occurred at the Ministry of Works and Transport headquarters in Kampala on Friday.
The accident occurred at 5:00 am on August 2, with the vessel carrying a load of charcoal, fresh produce, and fish.
Authorities have identified overloading and adverse weather conditions as the primary causes of the accident.
In light of this incident, law enforcement emphasizes the importance of wearing life jackets and avoiding overloading when traveling on water.
Voices from the public express the need for the Government to lower the cost of life jackets to make them more affordable.
Additionally, there is a suggestion for local production of life jackets as a feasible alternative to ensure their availability and accessibility.