4 March 2016

Tanzania: Anguish As Family of Seven Drowns in Lake

Misungwi — Seven members of the same family drowned in Lake Victoria after a boat they were travelling in capsized near Lubili Village in Misungwi District, Mwanza Region.

Four other relatives survived, according to the Misungwi District Commissioner, Ms Mwajuma Nyiruka.

Ms Nyiruka confirmed yesterday that the accident occurred on Monday.

According to the family spokesperson, who is among the survivors, Mr Juma Maguta, they were traveling to Geita Region to attend a clan meeting when the accident occurred.

Mr Maguta named those who died as Ms Kahabi Maguta (28) and her daughter Elizabeth Kasanga (3), Agnes Ngalaba (20) and Leary Masalu. Others are Juliuss Masalu (40), Hai Dotto (30) and Machibya Masanyiwa (50).

Speaking to The Citizen at the family's residence in Misungwi yesterday, Mr Maguta said the boat was hit by waves before it capsized.

The other three passengers who survived are Silvanus Charles (39), Ngabo Ngalu (39) and Vena Ramadhani, all residents of the Lubili Village.

According to Mr Maguta, the survivors were rescued by fishermen.

Following the accident, Ms Nyiruka has barred boats which have not been registered by Surface and Marine Transport Authority from plying their trade in the lake.

The DC warned that she wouldn't hesitate to take legal action against local leaders who would allow unregistered boats to operate in the Lake.

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