Uganda National Road’s Authority (UNRA) has temporally halted the Kiyindi –Buvuma ferry services on Lake Victoria to conduct an emergency repair.
The ferry, which connects Buikwe and Buvuma districts, has since September last year been in a sorry state, sometimes failing to support the weight of the load it carries.
Due to passengers’ complaints, UNRA two weeks back introduced new guidelines. These included reducing the number of users from 300 to 120 on each trip. This however, wasn’t feasible since the population in Buvuma has grown big, and with the reduced number of travelers meant increased trips.
On Monday, February 18, UNRA issued a document informing the users of their ferry that the routes have been closed in order to conduct the emergency repair.
“Uganda National Roads Authority informs the general public and the users of the Kiyindi-Buvuma ferry connecting Buikwe and Buvuma districts that the routes have been temporally closed to conduct the emergency repair. UNRA will advise as soon as possible when services shall resume
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and request for your patience as we work around the clock to restore the ferry operations,” reads the statement.
However, UNRA spokesperson Mark Ssali said the routine maintenance will take one week.
“We expect it to resume operations on Sunday, February 24,” he said.