The tragic accident in Lake Victoria has exposed the precarious nature of using lake Victoria, one of the region’s most important water resource as government continue to abandon Luo Nyanza to its own devices.
There is no public water transport system in the lake region and the ferries that operate in certain segments of the lake are privately owned.
Fishermen and traders use rudimentary boats to access the many islands in the lake.
In the night tragedy, at least 21 people are said to have been accounted for with two dead. The passenger boat is said to have collided with a fishing boat. It had taken some 200 passengers to Remba island from mainland Kiwa beach and was returning with the 23 passengers.
The fishing boat had 4 passengers.