Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, King Harald V of Norway and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden are among world leaders and heads of state sending messages to the  President of Tanzania, Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli.

Over 200 people lost their lives when the ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, 20 September 2018, a few metres from the jetty at Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island.

A government investigation is currently underway to discover the cause of the accident and who was responsible.

Elizabeth II

Photo by David Bailey, 2014.

Queen Elizabeth sent the following message has been sent to the President of Tanzania on 26 September 2018.

‘Prince Philip and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic accident on Lake Victoria. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims and the missing. On behalf of the people of the United Kingdom please accept my heartfelt condolences.’

Elizabeth R

Harald V

Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs, Det kongelige hoff


HE Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli
President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Dar es Salaam

Your Excellency,
I was deeply saddened to learn about the terrible ferry accident on 20 September, near Mwanza on Lake Victoria, causing such tragic loss of life.

On behalf of myself and the Norwegian people I send you my condolences, and ask you to convey my deepest sympathies to those bereaved and to those otherwise afflicted by this tragic event.

Harald R

Carl XVI Gustaf

Photo: Alexis Daflos / Kungahuset.se

His Excellency Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli
President of the United Republic of Tanzania

The Queen and I wish to convey our sincere condolences on the tragic loss of life following the ferry accident last Thursday on Lake Victoria. We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania.


Royal Palace, Stockholm
24 September 2018

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