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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Congolese Minister Fired Over Boating Accident

The Rwanda Red Cross says that it has so far recovered ten bodies in Rwandan waters following an accident where a boat carrying over 100 passengers capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) part of Lake Kivu.
Speaking to Contact Fm on phone, HABUMUGISHA MICHEL of the Red Cross said that two bodies were recovered today.

The boat that was carrying as many as 118 people capsized on Lake Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo late April, killing at least 38 people. The boat is reported to have been traveling in high winds from Minova, a town near the border of North and South Kivu provinces, to Bukavu, South Kivu’s provincial capital. 

It was transporting goods to the market in Bukavu and is said to have been overloaded with passengers. The boat accident has seen the Democratic Republic of Congo's transportation minister Laure Marie Kawanda Kayene fired in what information minister and government spokesperson Lambert Mende termed as “negligence” and failure by the sacked minister to enforce regulations on Congo’s rivers.

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