A boat carrying a local Ugandan football team as well as their fans overturned causing 30 non-swimmers to perish, while the remaining 15 swam safely offshore.
A festival of merriness and cheerfulness turned into a black day for a bunch of local people in Uganda as a boat consisting of 45 people overturned 100 metre from shore due to overloading.
This boat consisted of a local football team accompanied by its fans who were travelling to Kaweibanda village in Buliisa District in order to celebrate Christmas as well as to have a friendly match with the local district team of Buliisa.
According to the eyewitnesses, most passengers on boat moved and sat on one side which caused the boat to lose its balance.
Accompanied by drums and singing as they move little did these people realise that their joy was short lived.
District Police commander John Rutagira said “They overloaded the boat. Eyewitnesses have told police that most of the passengers sat on one side of the boat making it lose balance”.
Till now 9 people have been reported dead while 15 people have survived. The remaining 21 people are yet to be located.
Shocked by this overturn, Buliisa District chairperson for football referees Mr Godfrey Opira who was travelling on another boat said” “Surprisingly, the boat capsized when there was no wind on the water. Those who knew how to swim survived easily.”
Police commander Rutagira had also said that the boat operator, as well as other people on board, were already drunk before this event took place and so far 6 bodies have been recovered from the lake.
Amongst the fatalities was 18-year-old Consulate Akutu, who left behind her 5 months old baby as she was on her way to cheer her favourite team.
Mr Opira who witnessed this tragic incident involving the local Ugandan football team told the reporters that none of the passengers was wearing life jackets it was only those who knew how to swim survived.
This incident has occurred just days after Chapecoense football team lost almost 95 percent of their squad in a plane crash which occurred in Columbia. The team was heading to attend the finals of Copa Sudamericana.