Kiribati. In October, a report on the ship accident in
January 2018 was published in which 95 people were killed.
From this it was clear that the ship Butiraoi was not, first
of all, authorized to transport people. Furthermore, it was
severely overloaded, lacked enough life jackets and had
inoperable lifeboats. According to
CountryAAH, the captain also ignored warnings
about bad weather. Former MP Patrick Tatireta, who
represents the families of some of the perished, commented
on the report, pointing out that the government bore some of
the blame because it did not do enough to raise the
standards of the vessels in the kingdom.
In June, Vice President Kourabi Nenem was fired by
President Taneti Mamau. The reason was said that Nenem, on
his way home from an official visit to Saudi Arabia, had
also visited Indonesia without the President's knowledge.
Finance Minister Teuea Toatu was appointed new Vice
President. The same month a ceremony was held to celebrate
that a four-year water project has now been carried into
port. Through the project, which was funded by the European
Union and cost US $ 3.5 million, over 9,000 people in 35
villages on 16 of the country's islands have access to clean