Following last month’s boat cruise accident on Lake Victoria in which 33 people perished, Uganda police has Monday issued strict guidelines to boat, beach and other lake water users in order to deter similar incidents in the future.
Addressing the press at central police station in Kampala, Police spokesperson SSP Emilian Kayima said all stakeholders and business persons must follow the new guidelines in order not to face closure.
All beach owners have been ordered to ensure that their premises are secured using fences to deter wrong elements and criminals from accessing the beaches.
Beach managers are also to recruit and train emergency lifesaving teams who can help revelers in case of accidents. They are also to register all persons who get on boat cruises.
In addition to creating a well-lit environment at the beaches, revelers will not be allowed to access the lakes beyond 6pm.
Basing on the investigations into the MV Templar boat accident, police has ordered Beach managers not to allow drunken partiers on the cruise.
“Regional and District police commanders must work with the community to ensure that the guidelines are strictly followed,” said Kayima.
The police publicist also told journalists that the operation to retrieve the ill-fated boat has been called off despite the still missing five persons.
Kayima revealed that on the final day of the retrieving operation, police recovered 27 lady hand bags, ATM cards, fuel cards and national identity cards all suspected to belong to the deceased persons and survivors.
He urged victims and relatives to the deceased persons to go to Mukono district police station and pick their belongings.
According to police, divers also retrieved money worth 500,000 shillings.
However, at Gaba police station, the police mouth piece said that four vehicles belonging to accident victims are still unclaimed urging relatives and owners to go and claim for them.