Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: MV Skagit Owner Should Be Arraigned - Report

THE commission formed to look into the Mv Skagit vessel accident in July this year has recommended that the owner of the fateful boat be charged in court and all victims be compensated.

In the commission's report, the researchers cited negligence, unprofessional conduct, and unaccountability, as the main 'root cause' of accident claimed 81 lives and 212 still missing to date. It was the second marine disaster in less than one year.

The First was in September last year in 203 people were killed or missing to-date after the heavily loaded Mv Spice Islander was hit by waves and capsized while heading to Pemba Island.

The ten-member inquiry commission led by Zanzibar high court judge Abdulhakim Ameir Issa also confirmed in its report that the ferry was carrying 447 passengers.

According to the report summary read by Mzee, the marine accident would have been avoided if all officials (crews, security officers, and port officers) at Dar es Salaam and inspectors in Zanzibar had done their work seriously by observing laws.

"The recommendations in the report include taking legal and disciplinary measures against all those who have been mentioned in the report. The commission has also advised the government to review the marine safety laws, improve the rescue and disaster management department," he said.

In the report, the commission has recommended owners of the sunken ship should compensate all those who lost lives, injured, and survivors with no injuries, at least to be paid amount equal to the Zanzibar basic salary (125,000/-) for 80 months.

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