Isaac Ssentongo a member of the District Infrastructure Committee, says it is dangerous for a vessel without enough navigation lights to operate at night yet government lacks rescue centers.
Letter by the Permanent Secretary Samson Bagonza clearing MV Kalangala to operate more trips.
The Works and Transport Ministry has given green light to Nation Oil Distributors, the operators of MV Kalangala to operate an extra trip this festive season to Kalangala because of the increasing number of tourists. MV Kalangala plies the Entebbe-Kalangala route from Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe.
Since inception in 2008 MV Kalangala has been plying a single return journey to Ssese Islands. However, the Works and Transport Minister, Permanent Secretary, Samson Bagonza has written to the Managing Director Nation Oil Distributors, Sadala Musoke authorizing them to conduct an extra trip.
"The ministry has found it necessary to adjust the schedule of MV Kalangala during the festive Christmas holiday to serve the public better while observing the recommended loading capacity," Bagonza indicated.
Several stakeholders in Kalangala District and the Ministry of Works had earlier complained on the excessive loading of passengers by the operators. The clearance of the Vessel to operate an additional trip has met criticism from different stake holders who are skeptical about the vessel transporting people beyond 7.00 pm without insurance and navigation lights.
Isaac Ssentongo a member of the District Infrastructure Committee, says it is dangerous for a vessel without enough navigation lights to operate at night yet government lacks rescue centers. Professional rescue can only be got from Entebbe airport and Civil Aviation Authority, about 51 nautical miles away from Kalangala district.
Sadala Musoke, the Managing Director Nation Oil Distributors has welcomed the decision by the Ministry to allow them to increase their trips to transport all tourists going to and from Kalangala. Sadala says they will equip the ferry with the required equipment to allow them traverse Lake Victoria for longer hours.
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