At least six bodies of people who drowned in Sezibwa River, Central Uganda when their boat capsized were retrieved on Sunday.
Among the deceased is a mother and her year-old baby, police spokesperson Hellen Butoto said.
Three people who managed to swim held onto shrubs until they were rescued, she added.
“Using risky canoes [boats] in disregard of safety measures should be blamed for the accident,” said a local administrator.
Uganda has no authority or marine traffic police specifically charged with regulating water transport. The existing Marine Police only check smuggling, and not safety on water bodies.
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