Scrap dealers have started vandalizing the wreckage of MV Templar following the withdrawal of police guards.
The wreckage was towed to a place near Mutima beach in Buzindere village in Mpatta Sub County in Mukono district shortly after it was retrieved from Lake Victoria, a week after it capsized with dozens of the revelers.
Police cordoned off the area, since investigations into the boat accident are still ongoing. However, some residents say the officers withdrew a few days later, leaving the wreckage unattended too. URN visited the wreckage on Tuesday and observed that some of the parts including chairs are missing.
George Onyango, a resident and a fisherman at the nearby landing site, says he only saw a Police motorbike next to the wreckage once and hasn't seen any other officer guarding it.
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John Bosco Twagyiremungu, a resident wants police to give them the wreckage, saying it doesn't have any value.
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Palot Abenyu also a resident in the area, says the boat should be removed because it evokes bad memories, saying some of them lost their relatives in the boat tragedy.
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Fred Kiro Ocheng, the LC I chairman Buzindere village confirmed that some people have started vandalizing the boat. He promised to deploy spies and the defense secretary to arrest whoever gets anything from the boat.
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MV Templar belonged to the late Michael Bisase, the proprietor of K-Palm beach. Bisase and his wife, Sheila Nalubowa Bisase were among the 32 people killed when the vessel capsized while ferrying revelers from KK beach in Gabba to K Palm Beach in Mukono district for a party last month.