Former Uganda opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye has called on the government to come up with laws and measures governing water body vessels in the country.
The government had ordered electronic registration and monitoring of all boats, after a a boat capsized in lake Victoria, killing at least 35 people on Saturday. President Miseveni said this will it easier to know who is on the lake, where and why. However, former opposition leader Kizza Besigye challenged this move saying their is no defined legislation in the country governing water travelling vessels.
According to VOA, Dr. Besigye said he is not aware if president Museveni has issued such an order, but called on his (Museveni) administration to come up with laws and measures to curb boat accidents on major roads in the country. "It is not only on lake Victoria, this happens on on other major lakes in the country including lake Albert, lake Edward and among others...my prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident." said Besigye. The boat is said to be carrying more than 100 people, twice its capacity, when it overturned late Saturday evening.According to Ugandan police spokesman Patrick Onyango, there was bad weather at the time of the accident.
Boat accidents are common on Lake Victoria, which is surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.More than 200 people were killed in a Tanzanian ferry disaster in September, and authorities blamed the accident to overcrowding.