The Police have recovered nine identity cards from revellers’ belongings retrieved from and around the wreckage of the
boat that capsized on Lake Victoria on Saturday evening.
Zuhura Ganyana, a Police publicist, told Info256 that the cards include national identity cards, driving permits and bank cards. Ganyana said the cards belong to neither the retrieved and identified bodies nor the known survivors.
Ganyana said these cards were kept at Mukono Central Police Station. She urged the relatives or friends, who know
the people to help and notify the Police if they are missing or alive.
“If these are among the people who were helped to get off the boat before it capsized, let them come and pick their cards and properties,” she said.
- Doreen Arinaitwe’s driving permit
- Samalie Nakakazi’s Uganda Law Society identity card
- Stella Nabasa’s driving permit
- Namayanja’s driving permit
- Linda Nankungu’s driving permit
- Mariam Nakigudde’s DFCU bank card
- Irene Alibatuha’s national identity card
- Paul Zahura Apuuli’s national identity card
- Martha Kawalya’s national identity card
The boat, dubbed MV Templar, with mostly young affluent Ugandans enjoying a party on Saturday evening, capsized on Lake Victoria. The vessel, which was said to be heavily packed with revellers, reportedly flipped at around 7:30pm, about 200m away from Mutima Beach.
It had set off from KK Beach in Ggaba, Kampala, on its way to K-Palm Beach, Mukono district, when it capsized.
Some survivors’ accounts indicate that the coxswain diverted the vessel to Mutima Beach, after realising that it had a serious mechanical condition.
The Police said on Monday that survivors would each record a statement with the Police, to aid with the investigations.
Yesterday, Ganyana said they had also started receiving relatives to the people who are suspected to have been on the
boat, but are still missing.
These include Sylvia Namutebi, a resident of Nakisunga sub-county in Mukono district, whose relatives claim they last
heard from her on Saturday,,Godfrey Musisi of Kansanga in Kampala who allegedly left his home on Saturday and Saul
Wamala, a resident of Kisoga village in Mukono.
According to divers, yesterday they noticed a rotting body inside the boat, deep in the water. They also said the nearby
area had started stinking, which proved that there could be bodies inside the boat.
Ganyana confirmed that they had received information about the body in the boat, saying they were waiting to
have the boat pulled out, so that they could confirm the information.
“Since yestareday, we brought three tractors, including a bulldozer, which we have used to try and pull the boat out of the water. We want it out of the water so that we avoid other possible water, accidents caused by the wreckage,” Ganyana said.
However, by press time, the wreckage had not been successfully pulled out. Efforts to use the bigger ropes tied on the bulldozer were futile as the ropes gave way.
The Government, through the transport ministry, has deployed the MV Kalangala to help retrieve the boat wreckage. The vessel reached Mukono at around 6:00pm, but by the end of the day, it had not succeeded.