By Mirembe Martina
The Lake Victoria surveillance boat has sunk after developing a hole in its cabin.
The boat, which was bought ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2007 sunk on Wednesday. The Elettra interceptor boat was worth Shs23.2 billion and was based at police marine base in Kigo, Wakiso District.
The boat was part of the four surveillance boats acquired through a loan and have been grounded for the last 13 months. “They are normally anchored here at the base because they are not functioning. We were surprised when we saw one of them sinking after water penetrated its beneath,” a source in the police force disclosed.
Marine officials have denied the boat’s sinking. “There is no such allegation and I haven’t heard of that since morning,” Mr Robert Tumwesigye, the Marine Police deputy commandant, said.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Mr. Ibin Ssenkumbi confirmed the boat had sank but were working round the clock to have it retrieved. “I have called the people at the marine base and confirmed the boat was sinking in. They, however, say, it’s something minor because will pull it out, work on it and have it function again,” he said.