After last week’s ferry disaster in which 224 people were killed, the government has intervened to disband the board of directors at Tanzania’s maritime safety agency, the Surface and Maritime Regulatory Authority, and has also launched an inquiry into what caused it.
The head of the ferry operator, Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (Temesa), has also been suspended and its board of directors dissolved. It follows the sacking of several of its employees.
Meanwhile, a retired army officer and local opposition MP Joseph Lukundi are part of the new government commission charged with investigating why the MV Nyerere capsized last week on Lake Victoria. The seven-member team has one month to compile and submit its report to the president.
A new ferry has been promised for the route, which the prime minister says will have a capacity of 200 passengers and carry 50 tonnes of cargo.