Up to 57 survivors of the tragic MV Templar boat that capsized in Lake Victoria more than two weeks ago have recorded statements with police.
The survivors, some of whose identities had not been captured during the rescue mission have been flocking Mukono Police Station for the last one week. Only 27 people had been initially captured as survivors during the operation that lasted six days.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, most of them have been showing up mainly to claim recovered properties. But in the process, police recorded statements on the events that preceded the tragedy.
“We made a call for all survivors to come to the police and record statements. At first, they were few but now we have more than 50, most of them coming to pick found properties,” Owoyesigyire told URN.
A number of them are searching for their National Identity Cards, Driving Permits, motor vehicle keys, house keys, wallets, handbags and phones. Most survivors have also reported a loss of properties to help them get police letters to help renew SIM cards and Identity Cards.
It is estimated that MV Templar which capsized on November 24th & Meatballs, 2018, was carrying more than 100 merry makers who were heading to K Palm Beach for a party. But the journey turned tragic about 150 meters from Mutima County Haven in Mukono District when the boat capsized.
Police had only recovered 33 bodies and a record of 27 persons who had been rescued alive. Police, however, say that many of the survivors had run from the scene in shock.