Tuesday January 21 2014

Ferry breakdown affects business in Kalangala

By Henry Lubulwa


The breakdown of the only ferry that connects Kalangala District to the mainland via Entebbe and the absence of the ship, MV Kalangala that was taken to Tanzania for service, have affected transport to the island district and prospects for the tourism business.

Kalangala District Tourism Association Executive Director Joyce Kikomeko, told journalists at her home at Ssese Islands beach Hotel, that many hotels in the district no longer get business since many tourists are afraid of using boats to cross the lake. She said Kalangala District has not yet provided better transport means for carrying passengers from Nakiwogo in Entebbe to Lutoboka landing site, the gateway to Kalangala.

On January 5, MV Kalangala, the vessel that used to ply in the same route, was taken to Mwanza in Tanzania for repairs and major servicing. Before the vessel had gone, district leadership had promised that MV Amani, owned by Earthwise Ferries, a private company would take over the transport but it never happened.

Ssese Island beach owners association, in a move to improve transport, had secured MV Moses that did not work even for a single day. MV Kalangala is to be back in three months’ time.