passengers are getting stranded after management of MV Kalangala
restricted the number the vessel carries to 50 per voyage as they observe
the Standard Operating Procedures - SOPs due to the COVID-19.
the Kalangala District Chairperson, Willy Lugoloobi says a solution
should be found quickly since the number of passengers who want to use
the vessel has increased.
The vessel was forced by
security in Entebbe last Friday to offload over 250 passengers who were
set to start their journey to Ssese Islands.
Kalangala resumed operation on October, 1st, 2020 after the Government
had suspended public transport in March to control the spread of
On it's return, Ministry of Health
agreed with Nation Oil Distributors who operate the vessel on the
Standard Operating Procedures where the ship has to carry 50
Despite the SOPs, the vessel operators maintained the transport costs of 14,000sh in first class and 10,000sh for second class.
overwhelming number of passengers has left many stranded in Lutoboka
and Nakiwogo yet the vessel has one voyage from Kalangala to Entebbe and
Entebbe to Kalangala a day.
Lugoloobi said they have written to
the Ministry of Works and Transport requesting for an extra voyage in
case the number of passengers continues to increase.
said ever since the return of MV Kalangala, there is constant increase
in number of passengers and the district needs to address this.
//Cue in.... currently we're having...
..... discussing with the Ministry...Cue out."//
Sadala Musoke, the Managing Director Nation Oil Distributors has said
they have negotiated with the Ministry of Works and Transport to have an
extra voyage to cub the problem. Musoke said this will however be on
//Cue in...as we speak now..
Cue ou:...season like Christmas...Cue out."//
vessel is licensed to carry 108 passengers including the crew. But but
due to COVID-19 it is allowed to carry only 50 passengers on every