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Kazinga Channel Ferry Services Temporarily Suspended, Again

UNRA started providing ferry services across the channel in June this year, following the temporary closure of the Kazinga Channel Bridge along the Kasese-Katunguru-Ishaka road for emergency rehabilitation works. But the ferry has since been having technical faults.
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The Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has suspended ferry services at Kazinga Channel in Katunguru. The authority only allowed the partial use of the bridge for light vehicles crossing the channel.

UNRA started providing ferry services across the channel in June this year, following the temporary closure of the Kazinga Channel Bridge along the Kasese-Katunguru-Ishaka road for emergency rehabilitation works. But the ferry has since been having technical faults.

At the end of last month, the services were suspended for two days to enable repairs. But according to the circular issued by UNRA on Wednesday, the ferry operations will be stopped again to enable the technical team to put up the required interventions before services resume. UNRA also asked heavy truck drivers and all other able travellers to use alternative routes to connect between Kasese and Rubirizi districts. 

UNRA spokesperson, Allan Ssempebwa, says that as they repair the ferry they have allowed motorists who are using light vehicles to use part of the bridge that has been completed to cross. However, he says this is only for the period when the ferry is undergoing repair  and maintain  services.

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SSempebwa says that they are hoping to complete the bridge by the end of this month to normal traffic flow.

Musa Byarugaba, a taxi driver along Kasese-Mbarara says they are hopeful that the bridge will be completed soon to ease the traffic flow.

"We are hoping that the bridge will be completed on time as announced, otherwise we spend between 20 minutes to an hour to cross due to the heavy traffic on the ferry there." Byarugaba

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