Sadala Musoke, the Executive Director Nation Oil Distributors Limited that operates MV Kalangala, says the vessel is set to resume operations this afternoon with a testing route voyage from Nakiwogo at 2pm to Lutoboka in Kalangala.
Ssempebwa says tourism in Ssese is beyond resting on beaches and in hotels, which many people focus on but rather even the undiscovered sites that can make a positive impact if well established. He says they have opened up the museum purposely to allow tourists discover the history of Ssese islands.
Normally, the vessel leaves Kalangala for Entebbe at 8 am and Entebbe for Kalangala at 2 pm making two trips a day. However, now the vessel leaves Kalangala at 7:30 am and arrives at Nakiwogo by 11 am. It docks for 30 minutes while loading for another trip and leaves at 11:30 am and arrives at Lutoboka in Kalangala at 3 pm.
Well as Victoria Forest Resort was awarded a permit by the National Forestry Authority to engage in eco-tourism development, the resort owners illegally cut down trees from the forest to construct cottages. Kaka on the other hand has no permit to use any demarcated part of the forest reserve. Other people using the forest for eco-tourism include Ssese Islands Tour Guides Association.
The Chairperson Ssese Islands Tourism Development Association, Joyce Kikomeko opposes the degazettment of the forest reserve since it preserves many tourism sites including the Henry Stanley and John Speke sites.
Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is calling for calm after heavy deployment of soldiers in Kalangala. Kalangala district security committee has confirmed deployment of UPDF soldiers in the area. Kalangala district is made up of 48 islands.
In 2012, the district received one billion Uganda shillings Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) to revamp the tourism sector by facilitating the redevelopment of several tourist attractions in the area. Willy Lugoloobi, the Kalangala District LC5 Chairperson, says instead the district will spend some of the money to buy a modern cruise boat to ease transportation of tourists from one site to another.
Kalangala grade one magistrate Kenneth Gimugu ordered a German investor Dicker Whitman the proprietor of Hornbill beach and campsite international, to vacate the land he has occupied since 1986, after losing a suit in which his land ownership was challenged.
Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) has given Kalangala district a grant of 1billion shillings to facilitate the redevelopment of several tourist attractions in the area. Kalangala district is made up of 84 islands each with unique tourist attractions.
The relocation of Bukakata-Luku ferry from Kalangala to Kiyindi landing site has sparked off a disagreement between passengers and State Minister for Works and Transport. Bukakata â€“Luku ferry has been the main means of transport connecting Bukakata landing site in Masaka and Bugoma landing site in Kalangala for the last 17 years.
Government is also supposed to foot transport fares for passengers and their goods for boarding the KIS Ferry. Every year, Government is supposed to pay 7billion shillings to Kalangala Infrastructure services limited.
Now majority of the passengers have resorted to using Bukakata ferry plying the Masaka-Kalangala route causing it to overload due to the surge in the travelers. As result, The Ferry has now introduced a sevenths route from the usual six routes it initiated made to connect across L. Victoria.
Dr. Jim Ayorekire, a Makarere University Tourism lecturer says poor infrastructures mean the tourists who visit Kalangala leave unsatisfied which may affect their length of stay and hence loss of revenue.