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Traffic Diverted as UNRA Closes Masindi Port 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.
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.   

He 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 ferry.   He urges government to consider deploying two ferries on this routine so that traffic is not affected whenever UNRA is conducting routine maintenance. 

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 district.

This route is often used by traders from Apac, Aduku and Dokolo districts.

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