An emotive video has emerged of revelers aboard a Ugandan cruise boat drinking and merrymaking minutes before the boat capsized on Saturday evening in Lake Victoria.
The boat had more than 100 revelers on board and was unregistered according to President Yoweri Museveni.
“According to preliminary information from the security services, this, apparently, was a private, unregistered, unlicensed and maybe uninsured boat,” President Museveni tweeted.
He said the vessel was carrying more than twice its capacity of 50 when it sank.
“It seems the boat was overloaded because whereas it had capacity for 50 people only, it had about 120 passengers on board, who also seemed to be partying with a lot of music,” President Museveni said.
The president added that “the operators of the boat will be charged with criminal negligence and manslaughter.”
The boat owner and his wife were among 30 people that died in the accident.
Moments before #LakeVictoriaBoatAccident. Guys you need to mind your safety. Don't blindly follow your friends because there is alcohol. Kindly ask questions. What if….? How can we…? Who is….? pic.twitter.com/R36a5fKqCr
— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) November 25, 2018
Asuman Mugenyi, director of operations for the police said overloading and bad weather were likely to blame.
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