Houses of grieving relatives of Sunday boat accident victims burnt

Tuesday May 21 2019

Residents of Fofo Landing Site watch as police

Residents of Fofo Landing Site watch as police officers and UPDF soldiers conduct a search operation of bodies of people who drowned in Lake Albert on Sunday. Photo by Francis Mugerwa  

By Francis Mugerwa

Hoima- Assailants have attacked Fofo Landing Site in Tonyoa Parish, Hoima District, where several families are mourning the death of 16 people who drowned in Lake Albert on Sunday.

The Monday night attack left at least nine houses burnt to ashes.

"Our people died in the lake and now our houses have been burnt. We are in confusion," Mr Orgen said.

A combined team of marine police and the army are still searching for the missing persons who were travelling on the ill-fated boat that was carrying members of Fofo Football Club and dozens of their fans.

The boat was travelling from Fofo Landing Site in Buseruka Sub County to Runga Landing Site in Kigorobya Sub-county in Hoima District.

The Albertine Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Julius Hakiza told Daily Monitor that 16 bodies have so far been retrieved.

At least 32 people survived the accident.

 However, the number of missing people remains unclear since residents says more than 50 people were travelling on the boat.

 Police attributed the accident to overloading and bad weather.

"Our search and rescue team is still on the lake," Mr Hakiza said.

 

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