20 cheat death after ferry sinks in Lake Victoria

Thursday September 20 2018

A ferry takes off from Kungu at Masindi port

A ferry takes off from Kungu at Masindi port loaded with trucks carrying charcoal rcently. File/courtesy photo 

By The Citizen

Ukara. At least 20 people cheated death after MV Nyerere capsized and sank in Lake Victoria.

Mwanza Regional Police Commander Jonathan Shanna said the accident occurred on Thursday September 20. The ferry was heading to Ukara Island from Ukara.

The accident was also confirmed by Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronic Services Agency (TEMESA) regional manager Hassan Karonda.

“I am on my way to the scene and I will be in a better position to talk about the accident after I get there,” he said.

The ferry has a capacity of about 100 passengers. However, the exact number of passengers who were in the vessel at the time of the accident was not established.

An eyewitness told this paper that more than 20 people were rescued by fishermen immediately after the accident occurred.