May 17, 2022

Raila demands government to search missing persons after a boat collapsed in Lake Victoria

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Former PM Raila Odinga has appealed to county and national governments to help search for missing bodies after a board capsized in Lake Victoria.

The former opposition leader also wants the governments to help with the expenses accruing from this disaster.

The boat capsized on Monday leaving two people dead and six others missing in Homa Bay county.

“The families deserve more help from the county and national government authorities with the search for the bodies that are still missing and burial of those retrieved so far,” Raila said.

Two people died, six are still missing and eight passengers were rescued in the Tuesday incident. The two were among 16 people who boarded a passenger boat at Pier Beach in Homa Bay town headed to Ndhuru beach in the neighbouring Mbita sub-county.

“The bodies of a middle-aged woman and a one-and-a-half-year-old child were retrieved by rescuers and taken to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary,” a resident said.

Raila said that the tragedy of the capsized boat in Homa Bay is turning out to be a major one, in which tens of lives now appear to have been lost.

“I pass sincere condolences to the families and communities that have lost friends and loved ones in this accident,” Raila said.
Raila appealed to all people going into the water either as travellers or fishermen and women to adhere to the safety procedure of wearing life jackets.

“Our people must take charge of their own safety by demanding to be provided with these vital items before stepping into any vessel going into the water,” he said.

Raila wished luck to all the safety workers who are still searching for the bodies of the other victims.

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