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Leaders Seek Answers for Neglected Dry-docking Facility

For the last eight years, the local facility at Luzira site has been abandoned. However, the government recently authorized Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited to use the dry-docking site for servicing of their Vessels.
MV Ssese, the Kalangala Islands water Vessel at the Luzira Dry docking facility where it is undergoing repair. this Facility had been neglected

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Kalangala district leaders are calling for investigations into reasons for neglecting an inland dry-docking facility at Port Bell, Luzira despite its topnotch role in the maintenance of water vessels.

A dry-docking facility is an assembly of floating machinery used to lift water vessels to allow engineers look beneath and refurbish them. For the last eight years, the local facility at Luzira site has been abandoned. However, the government recently authorized Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited to use the dry-docking site for servicing of their Vessels.

Kalangala district chairperson Willy Lugoloobi and other area leaders are demanding that the government explains why it left the facility to go to waste and opted for expensive services from the Kisumu and Mwanza.

Lugoloobi who has along with other local leaders monitored the ongoing maintenance works of MV Ssese at Luzira, one of the ferries that connect Kalangala Islands to Masaka district through Luku and Bukakata mainland, faulted government for underutilizing the facility despite its capacity to offer intended services.

According to Lugoloobi, whenever their water vessels required routine servicing, they had to endure paralysis because they had to be taken to Kenya and back.  He says the government needs to own up and explain why it opted for expensive services at the expense of its own facility.  

//Cue in (Luganda) government ya Uganda………

Cue out……………kuberamu serious.”//

Lugoloobi says besides addressing the inconsistency, the government should fully operationalize the Luzira facility to save the country from wasteful expenditures and unnecessary bureaucracy in seeking services in neighbouring countries.

//Cue in( Luganda) ate munna Uganda………

Cue out…………….okebera ku mmeeri//

Martin Ojambo, the Chief Engineer of the Uganda Railway Cooperation; an agency that manages the facility confirms that it still has the required capacity to carry out its intended operations even after being idle for some time.

Ojambo says the local dry-docking facility at Luzira is the second biggest water vessels repair facility in the East African region, adding that if at all it is utilized it can fetch for the country reasonable amount of revenues.

//Cue in; what I want to say…………………

Cue out…………..it can handle any vessel//

Tony Kavuma Bafirawala, the Chief Mechanical Engineer at the Ministry of Works and Transport says their teams are going to examine the status dry-docking facility to establish its operational capacity. He says the ministry will not hesitate to recommend other very operators to the facility once it proves to have the capacity.