Kayunga- President Museveni yesterday commissioned the Shs4.5 billion Kayunga-Kamuli ferry, with a call to residents to utilise it and increase their household income.
The function started with some drama after Kayunga District Woman MP Aidah Nantaba and Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugoloobi boycotted the function after the duo claimed that its venue was changed from Kasana Landing Site in Kayunga to Izaniro in Kamuli by “a highly placed politician”.
“Crossing to Kamuli to attend the function will be a political blunder. We were here yesterday with Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) officials organising the venue only to be changed at night,” Ms Nantaba said.
It took the President’s intervention to convince the two to cross River Nile for the function.
Mr Museveni told residents that acquiring the ferry was a sign of development but not wealth. He said getting a ferry was one of the fruits the people in Busoga were reaping because of their continued overwhelming support to the NRM government.
“Matters of development don’t need to be rushed. They need prioritisation. This is what I told Ugandans last year that I can’t increase salaries of teachers when there are no ferries and roads,” Mr Museveni said.
“I am happy that you have grown a lot of maize but you should first calculate how much you are going to earn from an enterprise before taking it on,” he added.
He directed Busitema University to start a marine training course at its Namasagali branch.
Works minister Abraham Byandaala said the ferry is a shorter route to the eastern region.