A lake disaster that shouldn’t have been


Following the horrific drowning of 11 children on a boat cruise on Lake Chivero on Christmas Day, there is urgent need to take a deep breath and pursue requirements for life-jacket wear and observe the laws governing recreation in the waters.

That owners of boats disregarded the water laws putting human lives at risk cannot go unchallenged.

Resolutions for coast guards to work with partners in coming up with sound strategies to engage the boating public through various media outlets could do the trick, for people cannot be reckless, as in the Lake Chivero disaster, and play Russian roulette with people’s lives for a “quick buck”.

The government should push for the mandatory wearing of life jackets and that boat owners should adhere to the strict number of people allowed on any boat or face the consequences.

In fact, it should be a criminal offence if one subverts the water laws and puts people’s lives at risk.

Boats should be subjected to checks before they are allowed anywhere in the waters.

In fact, no one should be allowed to take to the waters without insurance policies. It should be made compulsory for boaters to carry mandatory life insurance policies for all passengers on board.

The coast guards should always be on high alert.
The excuse being given that after 6pm, the coast guards would have packed their bags and gone does not wash.

There should be 24-hour surveillance on our waters. Had this been the case, this catastrophe could have been avoided.

The police must leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this disaster.

Granted, accidents do occur, that is life, but some can be avoided. How does one allow 16 children and three adults to board a boat with a carrying capacity of six people? It simply boggles the mind.
Someone has to take responsibility for this calamity.

Some may argue wearing of life jackets should be left to the democratic right of the individuals, but for goodness sake, how do you leave such a life-threatening decision to a six-year-old?

There were horrific testimonies from survivors of the Lake Chivero Christmas Day disaster. Timothy Joramu was quoted saying he was in the boat with two of his brother’s sons and his landlord’s son, but only managed to save two of the three because many were clinging onto him resulting in him failing to swim.

Douglas Ruzvidzo told the media he lost his only two sons while driver Tobias Kaseke regrets taking his two sons to the lake after they begged him to do so.

But all this could have been avoided had laws been adhered to and had the coast guards not slept on duty and took things for granted.