Sunday, 12 October 2014

Panic stricken MV Victoria passengers fail to travel

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By Correspodent

Passengers aboard MV Victoria were panic stricken on Friday after the ship’s electricity system failed, resulting in the vessel to sail very slowly while travelling from Bukoba to Mwanza.

The journey that started at 21:00 hours from Bukoba to Kemondo Bay took an abnormally long time, of four hours instead of two hours.

Third class passengers started crowding for buoys located close to their sections but they were locked, creating fears of what may have transpired if the vessel had sunk. The life jackets in the vessel were reportedly locked and fewer than the number of passengers.

Editha Malima (31) en route to Arusha from Uganda told this newspaper that they knew nothing about the ship’s faulty condition.

“We remained in the ship until 8.00 am thinking we had reached Mwanza only to realize that we were still at Kemondo.

“They didn’t inform us that there were problems with the vessel. We’re just hearing its booming noise thinking we were travelling, while we were not,” she said.

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