SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim
Majaliwa said on Monday more bodies could be trapped
inside the ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria on
Thursday, killing at least 226 people.
"Work to pull the ill-fated ferry out of the lake
started yesterday (Sunday) and one more body of a
child has been recovered this morning (Monday
morning)," said Majaliwa in his public address to
the nation broadcast live on Tanzania Broadcasting
"We suspect there might be more bodies trapped
inside the ferry," Majaliwa said, adding that the
operation to recover the bodies will continue until
the ferry is pulled out of the waters of one of
Africa’s largest great lakes.
The announcement by the prime minister on the
recovery of the body of the child brought to 226 the
total number of death from the ferry tragedy.
Majaliwa said President John Magufuli has
directed relevant authorities to immediately
announce tenders for the assembly of a new 50-tonne
ferry with the capacity to ferry more than 200
He said the government has formed a seven-member
investigative team of experts led by former army
general George Waitara to establish what caused the
sinking of the ferry.
"I have directed the team to come up with a full
report in one month’s time," said Majaliwa.
Following the ferry accident, President Magufuli
on Sunday dissolved the board of directors of the
Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics
Services Agency (TEMESA), which is mandated to
provide efficient and effective electrical,
mechanical and electronic services, and reliable and
safe ferry transport services.
A terse statement by the Directorate of
Presidential Communication at State House in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam said President
Magufuli dissolved the TEMESA board of directors
chaired by retired army Brig. Gen. Mabula Mashauri
to pave way for investigations.
At the same time, Magufuli on Monday revoked the
appointment of the chairman of the Board of
Directors of the country’s transport regulator,
Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority
(SUMATRA), John Ndunguru.
The president also dissolved the SUMATRA board of
directors following the ferry accident and several
other accidents across the country that have claimed
the lives of hundreds of people and caused loss of
Meanwhile, the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF)
on Sunday began the arduous task of pulling out the
ferry from Lake Victoria.
"Pulling the ferry out of the lake is a grueling
task. Pray for us... this task could take us seven
days," said Chief of Defense Forces Gen. Venance
On Sunday, prime minister Majaliwa said police
have arrested a number of officials responsible for
operations of the ill-fated ferry.
"Police have arrested a number of officials for
questioning following the grisly marine accident as
investigations continue," said Majaliwa at the
national burial of nine victims who were not
identified by relatives.
About 216 victims have already been identified by
relatives and their bodies collected for burial.
On Friday, President Magufuli announced a
four-day mourning for the victims of the ferry
accident. The mourning period ends on Monday.
According to sources, the ferry, with a capacity
of 101 passengers and 25 tonnes of cargo, capsized
at around 1 p.m. local time Thursday.
The last major ferry accident on Lake Victoria
occurred in 1996 in the same region, killing at
least 500 people.
leaders send condolences over Tanzania ferry
BEIJING China (Xinhua)
-- Chinese President Xi
Jinping has sent a message of condolences to his
Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, over a deadly
ferry accident in Tanzania.
In the message delivered Sunday, Xi said he, on
behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese
people as well as in his own name, expressed deep
condolences to all the victims and sincere sympathy
to the relatives of the victims and those wounded in
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday also sent a
message of condolences to Tanzanian Prime Minister
A ferry capsized in Lake Victoria on Thursday,
which has killed at least 226 people, Tanzanian
Death toll 225: Tanzania Police make arrests over ferry