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Overloaded Boat, Bad Weather Caused Lake Victoria Boat Accident - Video -

According to the police, this is the first major accident that happen on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria in a period of two years.

The boat was said to be carrying more than 100 people, twice its capacity, when it overturned late Saturday evening.

Minister Bagire says that the boat was not registered, not inspected, and was in a mission to confiscate errant boats inclusive the one that capsized.

"But then you're talking to people who are so drunk", she said, adding the revellers couldn't hear the captain's commands.

"If people had help earlier so many more people would have survived", Matovo said.

He said that rescue services were slow to respond.

The official further said that they were waiting for a passenger list to deduce the exact number of passengers on board the cruise. "The rescuers died too", he said.

"Such boats can not carry more than 50 people, " said lawmaker Johnson Muyanja, who represents part of the district of Mukono, the site of the accident.

Some of the revelers on the boat before it capsized
Some of the revelers on the boat before it capsized

Mugenyi said overloading and bad weather were likely to blame.

According to some survivors, the captain of the ship reportedly warned the passengers that the boat had a mechanical fault and wanted to cancel the cruise but the passengers insisted on the trip after it was perforated by a tractor that pushed the boat into the deeper waters off the boat fix centre.

"We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking".

"A big storm hit", said Richard Kikongo, a local government official.

Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, Uganda's deputy military spokesperson said in a statement that Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) marines are entering deep waters on Sunday morning to join the search for survivors and retrieving the dead bodies.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters.

The East African nation has several kingdoms, whose kings wield considerable social clout but little political influence.

In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.

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