DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) on
Friday succeeded to tow off the ferry that capsized in Lake
Victoria, killing more than 200 people.
Isack Kamwelwe, the
Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, said the ferry
was finally pulled out of the waters of one of Africa’s great
lakes after eight days of a grueling task.
Magufuli has commended the army, the general public and all
Tanzanians for their participation during the rescue and
recovery operations, and the towing off the ferry,” Kamwelwe
told state-owned Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC).
The minister did not
mention the final count of the death toll but President Magufuli
said on Thursday that the number of people killed in the grisly
ferry accident was 230.
the chief of navy, said the ferry was not damaged.
On Monday Prime
Minister Kassim Majaliwa said President Magufuli had directed
relevant authorities to immediately announce tenders for the
assembly of a new 50-tonne ferry with the capacity to ferry more
than 200 people.
He said the
government has formed a seven-member investigative team of
experts led by former army general George Waitara to establish
what had caused the sinking of the ferry.
“I have directed the
team to come up with a full report in one month’s time,” said
Following the ferry
accident, President Magufuli on Sunday dissolved the board of
directors of the Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics
Services Agency (TEMESA), which is mandated to provide efficient
and effective electrical, mechanical and electronic services,
and reliable and safe ferry transport services.
A terse statement by
the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in
the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said President Magufuli
dissolved the TEMESA board of directors chaired by retired army
Brig. Gen. Mabula Mashauri to pave way for investigations.
At the same time,
Magufuli on Monday revoked the appointment of the chairman of
the Board of Directors of the country’s transport regulator,
Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA),
The president also
dissolved the SUMATRA board of directors following the ferry
accident and several other accidents across the country that
have claimed the lives of hundreds of people and caused loss of
On Sunday, Prime
Minister Majaliwa said police have arrested a number of
officials responsible for operations of the ill-fated ferry.
sources, the ferry, with a capacity of 101 passengers and 25
tonnes of cargo, capsized at around 1 p.m. local time on Sept.
The last major ferry
accident on Lake Victoria occurred in 1996 in the same region,
killing at least 500 people.