Zim boat owner held after accident

2011-12-28 12:29

Harare - Zimbabwean police have arrested the owner of the boat which capsized on Christmas Day, killing 11 children, state media reported Wednesday.

The state-owned The Herald newspaper said the boat's owner Latif Ameer, 53, along with captain Fadil Ramon Weale, 27, and mechanic Enock Zulu, 36, had been arrested over the accident in which 11 children drowned.

"The three are helping police with investigations and are likely to be charged with 11 counts of culpable homicide," assistant police commissioner Canaan Mugumira told the newspaper.

The tragedy occurred at about 19:00 on Sunday on Lake Chivero, some 20km southwest of Harare.

The paper said 17 people were in the boat when it capsized and six people, including the crew and the captain survived. Earlier reports had said that 19 were on board.

The bodies were retrieved on Monday morning and some of the victims of the tragedy have been buried.

On Saturday, also on Lake Chivero, a National Parks game ranger drowned after his boat was hit by a strong wind while a friend who was with him survived.

  • Afrikopite - 2011-12-28 13:46

    Sad for the families, RIP innocent souls.

  • Janice - 2011-12-28 14:34

    Why were they arrested? Wasnt the vessel sea worthy?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-28 14:53

      it was on a lake.i dont know if it had to be seaworthy

      Syd - 2011-12-28 20:01

      jowza1 don't be a chop. Seaworthy is a generic term for something which is in a suitable condition to be used on a body of water. Eish, the ignorance of some people!

      Jack - 2011-12-29 08:40

      They were arrested for the following reasons: 1.Boats are not allowed to go into the lake after 6pm 2.They over-loaded their boat to cash in on brisk Christmas business 3.They did not provide life jackets to the passengers 4. They have been charged will culpable homicide, negligence, etc

  • Thoka - 2011-12-28 16:15

    no hesitation in charging the men for risking lifes. well done Zim....RIP to those poor kids.

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