MV Kalangala to be taken to Tanzania for repairs
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
After being grounded for months, MV Kalangala ferry, which has been working between Entebbe, Luzira and Lutoboka in Kalangala District for the last 10 years, is to be taken to Mwanza in Tanzania for repairs.
According to Kalangala District vice chairperson Fausta Nambuya, the ship will be in Mwanza for about three months to undergo repair works.
In the meantime, MV Amani, owned by Earthwise, will take over the transport business between Kalangala and Entebbe. For a long time, there have been complaints in Kalangala and Entebbe about the recurrent breakdown of MV Kalangala due to the ship’s alleged lack of proper servicing.
MV Amani has been docked at Port Bell in Luzira mainly transporting tourists. Ms Nambuya has said the district leadership has already begun negotiations with the government to have its fuel costs reduced to make it affordable by the ordinary people.
Early this month, MV Kalangala ferry enroute to Nakiwogo Landing site in Entebbe, broke down in the middle of Lake Victoria about half an hour after taking off from Kalangala Island sending travellers into panic that they might lose their lives.
Some of the passengers reportedly started crying while others were seen on phone calling and telling people about what had happened. A boat was later dispatched to ferry the travelers to the mainland.