Saturday, 4 August 2012

Lake Victoria travel a most risky venture source

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Paul Mabuga

When Special Seats MP Maria Hewa recalled how she cheated death when MV Ulinzi she was travelling in from Mwanza to Ukerewe sank in Lake Victoria, she really meant it.

Hewa recently narrated the ordeal before the National Assembly in the ‘loathed’ Dodoma Capital.

Reading between the lines, her message, in a nutshell, was: sailing on Tanzania waters is not safe to the poor, in particular.

Members of the sunken vessel crew had to exhaust all their skills to prevent officials en route to the Island for burial of a CCM cadre from drowning.

The government vessel sank in the lake in May 2007 with Hewa and other senior politicians from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi and government officials on board.

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