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Ferry Break Down Destabilizes Business, Farmers in Buvuma

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Buvuma ferry is the major means of transport between Buvuma and Buikwe districts. Following the withdrawal of the ferry, travelers can only rely on small boats to connect between the two districts.
05 Mar 2019 16:09
Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe district

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Transport to Buvuma district is paralysed following the grounding of Buvuma ferry for repairs. Uganda National Roads Authorities-UNRA grounded the ferry for repair when it broke down about two weeks ago while in transit from Buvuma district to Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe.   

Buvuma ferry is the major means of transport between Buvuma and Buikwe districts. Following the withdrawal of the ferry, travelers can only rely on small boats to connect between the two districts. 

Our reporter visited Kiyindi landing site over the weekend and saw UNRA engineers towing away parts of the ferry from Lake Victoria. Dozens of travelers and vehicles destined for Buvuma Island district were seen stranded. 

Some of the travelers were seen boarding boats to cross to Buvuma district. Adi Kabuti, a livestock trader from Buvuma district, said the grounding of the ferry has taken a huge toll on her business. 

He explains that when the ferry is operational he pays very little from where he sources the animals but the ferry is free of charges.

  //Cue in: “Ferry emazze… 

Cue out…ekanikibwa etya”// 

 

Efransi Babita, a farmer says they are suffering. According to Babita, the frequent breakdown of the ferry shows that it is very old, saying they need a new one.

//Cue in: “kati nga juzzi… 

Cue out…nga teliwo”//  

While travelers are complaining about increased fares, George Butyo, the Chairman Casual Laborers at Kiyindi landing site, says they are cashing in since travelers have to use boats and have to be carried to the boats. 

He says they charge between Shillings 1000 to 2000 to carry people to boats.

//Cue in: “mpozi bagamba… 

Cue out…tuba tetufuna,”//  

Michael Mugasi owns a boat at Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe district. He says they would be making a lot of money but there is a lot of competition from boats from Buvuma district.

 

//Cue in: “olwensonga… 

Cue out…bubaawo”//  

The Buikwe South Member of Parliament, David Mutebi told URN that he tabled the issue of the ferry in parliament and they were promised a new one very soon.     

//Cue in: “Ela nga enaku… 

Cue out…bagumikirizeemu”// 

One of the UNRA officials URN found at Kiyindi landing site told our reporter on condition of anonymity that the maintenance work is expected to go on until March 12th, 2019. 

He said there after they will paint the ferry before it resumes operations. 

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