Mark Ssali, the UNRA Communications Officer, says the ferry that connect Kiryandongo and Apac districts through Masindi port and Kungu route across River Nile has been suspended for a month. He says it will resume operations on August 12th, 2019.
The UNRA circular suspending Masindi Port Ferry operation
Uganda National Roads
Authority-UNRA has temporarily closed Masindi Port Ferry for routine
maintenance. The maintenance of the ferry is conducted after every six
months. The ferry was last repaired
in November 2018. The maintenance works
included the general technical service of the ferry.
Mark Ssali, the UNRA
Communications Officer, says the ferry that connect Kiryandongo and Apac districts
through Masindi port and Kungu route across River Nile has been suspended for a
month. He says it will resume operations on August 12th, 2019.
He advises the public to
use alternative routes including Masindi port junction through Karuma Bridge on
Lira-Kamdini high way or Nakasongola junction through Lake Kyoga to Amolatar
district. The suspension of the ferry has affected transport operators
and those running restaurants, local bars and shops.
Bosco Okello, a taxi
operator plying the Kampala ruote, says he has been forced to temporarily start
using Apac-Teboke to Corner Loro road in Oyam District to join Lira-Kamdini
Highway in order to deliver his passengers to Kampala.
says they have also been forced to hike their transport fares from Shillings
20,000 to 25,000 because of the extra distance. He
is worried that the suspension of the ferry operations will affect his business
since many people prefer the closed route since it is shorter compared to the
Lira-Kamdini route through Karuma Bridge.
Joseph Ojilong, a local bar operator at the port, says the
suspension has already affected his businesses because many passengers
especially traders would spend some moments at his facility before boarding the
He urges government to consider deploying two ferries on this
routine so that traffic is not affected whenever UNRA is conducting routine
Whereas some passengers have accepted to pay the new transport
cost, some have resorted to using boda bodas from Apac town to Masindi port and
connect using local boats to join Kamdini-Kampala Highway in Kyrandongo
This route is often used by traders from Apac, Aduku and Dokolo