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Ugandan president blames boat disaster on overcrowding

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he believes overcrowding was responsible for Saturday’s boat disaster on Lake Victoria in which at least 30 people died.

The vessel carrying close to a hundred revelers sank during bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa’s largest lake.

“Twenty-two bodies have been recovered and 26 people rescued,” said Asuman Mugenyi, director of operations for the Uganda police. “According to one of the survivors there were more than 90 people on board.”

The boat, on which party-goers were drinking, dancing and listening to music, sank a short distance from the shore off Mutima in Mukono District, close to the capital Kampala.

The vessel was designed to transport 50 people but is said to have been carrying 120 passengers.

Many are still missing. They had been holding a party on board when the boat capsized. The Ugandan president said the operators of the unlicensed vessel would be prosecuted.

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