Sunday November 24 marked exactly a year since the MV Templar, a water vessel moving on Lake Victoria, turned into a death-trap when it capsized not far from Mutima Beach in Mukono district while carrying an unspecified number of revellers.
Whereas the exact number of people onboard the blue-and-white vessel was not known, what soon became clear in the wake of the disaster and was underlined as the official cause of the accident by Police at the time, was that the boat was overloaded and in poor mechanical shape.
More than 30 people lost their lives in the tragedy while dozens survived including popular musician, Iryn Namubiru. It is anticipated that a big number of victims did not know how swim and lacked basic water safety skills.
Now, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the same, Police has partnered with Swim Safe Uganda and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority to offer a water safety training to the public at no cost, according to Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson.
Namaye who was Monday addressing the press said the development is intended to ensure safety and precaution to avert possible risks on water.
“We continue to enjoy and to promote the use of water bodies which to date remain attractive, fresh and uncongested. The Uganda Police marine department therefore, working closely with other stakeholders has organised a free swimming training and a life saving program for a period of 10 days,” Namaye said.
The training which will take place at Nameless Beach Entebbe from December 9 – 19, is open to all Ugandans and other members of the public.
Namaye says the public including travellers on water and beach owners should continue following precautionary measures like proper use of use of life jackets and others.
She said travellers should as well minimise on excitement especially in cases where there is alcohol drinking in the course of traveling.