By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. More missing survivors of the recent boat accident in Lake Victoria continue showing up, the Police have said.
The boat loaded with over 100 party goers, including Buganda Prince David Wasajja capsized near Mutima Beach in Mukono district on November 24, killing 33 people.
A joint team of Police and Army Marine Unit personnel were deployed at the Lake to rescue survivors and retrieve bodies of the deceased. The exercise was called off last Saturday, with 33 bodies retrieved, 27 survivors rescued and an unknown number of others still missing.
Speaking to Kampala Post on Wednesday, Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango said despite calling off the search operation, survivors have continued showing up at Police.
“We have recorded so far statements from 19 of them and we are still continuing. Others came when we put out the list of items we found in the boat; like IDs ATMs, so they came for them,” Onyango said.
He added, "Many more are yet to come, we have been telling you that there is no correct figure of how many people were on board. It's just an estimate of between 70 to 84.”
Onyango however remained tight lipped on what the survivors appearing now are telling the police. Last week, Police Director of Operation Asuman Mugenyi, who was heading the search operation on water said some were influential people who could have probably tried to avoid being caught on camera following the tragedy and thus ran into hiding.
The ill-fated boat was full of booze as the revelers enjoyed. Some of the survivors have narrated being terribly drunk at the time the boat sunk in water.
Some residents who rushed to the Lake following the accident said some victims vanished after being rescued. “Others jumped on boda bodas, leaving behind their shoes,” said one fisherman at Mutima Beach.