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MPs Call for Stringent Rules on Water Transport

Members of Parliament have appealed for the establishment of strict rules on the use of water transport.

The appeal follows the tragic loss of dozens of lives on Lake Victoria on Saturday evening.

Legislators said the marine accident was avoidable if caution was taken before boarding of the ill-fated boat that reportedly capsized with over 100 revelers on board.

Western region youth MP, Mwine Mpaka said the police officers shouldn’t have allowed an unlicensed boat to takeoff with over 100 people.

“It is very, very unfortunate that we have lost lives and many people are still unaccounted for. The marines (police) who were on duty should be punished for negligence. There is no way people can overpower security meant to enforce order,” said Mwine.

The Kibuku County MP, Herbert Kinobere blamed the tragedy on corruption noting that the boat owned by a one Templar, who also died on the same accident, was in a poor mechanical condition.

“There was no way a boat in such dire condition could have taken off without someone in the authority being compromised. Corruption had a hand in it and the result is that all of us are grieving,” said Kinobere.

Meanwhile, Soroti Woman MP, Angelina Osege said the failure to implement the existing laws has got a tall effect on the lives of citizens.

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“When a tragedy occurs is when we wake up and try to implement the laws that we have. Things like licensing are a must in whatever kind of transportation,” said Osege.

President Yoweri Museveni in his statement on Sunday said the boat was not licensed and also not insured.

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