Tuesday June 10 2014

Kalangala residents ask government for another ferry

By Henry Lubulwa

Kalangala- Residents at Kisaba Landing Site in Kyamuswa County, Kalangala District have faulted government for failing to recover the MV Kabalega ever since it capsized yet the country still faces a lot of water transport problems.

This was revealed in a stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the area councillor, Mr Joseph Nkangi, last week. Mr Nkangi said the government should replace the ship to ease transport.
MV Kabalega capsized on its way to Luzira in 2005 when it collided with MV Kaawa which was moving to Tanzania with cargo from Uganda.
The vessel reportedly got cracks, and remained on water for about three hours before it sunk. Passengers were rescued.

“The people I represent cannot access any other part of Uganda without using water and without using navigation routes. We have had other types of accidents but this one has been unique and we still wonder about the competence of the navigators and the captains that were on duty when the accident occurred,” the area MP, Mr Fred Badda, said.

He, however, said government had since compensated the district with two new ferries MV Pearl and MV Ssese.