Uhuru, Raila condole with Tanzanians after MV Nyerere disaster

President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with Tanzanians following the deaths of more than 100 people in a ferry tragedy.

MV Nyerere capsized in Lake Victoria on Thursday while possibly carrying more than 200 passengers, a number that is twice its capacity.


The death toll rose to more than 100 on Friday.

In a statement to newsrooms, President Kenyatta said: “On behalf of the people of Kenya, I express our most sincere condolences to my brother President John Magufuli and our dear neighbour.

No words can adequately express our grief following this tragic accident. My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives and their families.”

The president also said: “We, as your neighbour, are deeply heartbroken by what happened. Allow me to express our solidarity and support for our brothers and sisters in Tanzania, with whom we’ve been friends and have deep ties, and to assure them that we will lend every needed support.”

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga condoled with the families via Twitter.

“I mourn with the people of Tanzania at this very difficult moment. May God grant peace and strength to the families, the care givers and the Tanzanian nation.”

Daily Nation

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