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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Nyerere

A country well used to tragedy, saw another, on Lake Victoria in September.

The small landing craft type ferry Nyerere, named after a world renowned Tanzanian politician of the 1960s and 70s, a ferry which should have been limited to a little 100 passengers, turned over when docking reportedly with up to three times her limit aboard, with maybe up to 200 deaths.

Many, who are thought to have been responsible, have been arrested pending prosecution.

“This is a great disaster for our nation,” President John Magufuli said. He announced four days of national mourning and urged for calm in the East African country with a history of deadly maritime disasters. He went on to order arrests of all responsible as a criminal investigation began.

In a televised address, the president said the ferry captain had already been detained after leaving the steering to someone who wasn’t properly trained, The Citizen newspaper reported.

The MV Nyerere’s capacity was 101 people, but the ferry had been overloaded when it capsized, the government’s Chief Secretary John Kijazi told reporters.

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