Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe, the UNRA Spokesperson says that the works will be completed at the end of August.
“The landing sites were low lying that is why they got submerged and now we need to pile more stones and other materials to raise the docking areas,” Ssempebwa says.
Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA has commenced works on submerged piers
in different parts of the country.
A pier is a raised structure in a water body typically supported
by piles or pillars that allow vessels to dock for passengers to access
the vessel and also load and offload cargo.
In April, UNRA suspended operations of most ferries on Lake
Victoria and River Nile after their docking piers were submerged by the
rising water levels of Lake Victoria. The state of
the piers affects the stability of a marine vessel when it docks since such
piers help vessels to remain stable after docking.
Due to excessive rainfall in East Africa, Lake Victoria water
levels across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania increased drastically, from 12 meters
in October 2019 to 13.48 meters in May 2020, the highest level ever recorded in
Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe, the UNRA Spokesperson says that the works will
be completed at the end of August. The piers are Mbulamuti for the MV
Mbulamuti, Nakiwogo for MV Kalangala and Masindi for MV Masindi Port.
“The landing sites were low lying that is why they got submerged
and now we need to pile more stones and other materials to raise the docking
areas,” Ssempebwa says.
Last month, the government, released 21 Billion
Shillings as supplementary funds for emergency infrastructure works on
roads and docking areas following the impact of the prolonged rainy season.
The submerged piers have affected transport in Entebbe,
Buwaya, Kayunga, Kamuli, Apac and Masindi since the ferries can’t dock.
This has forced residents in the area to resort to road transport and speed
boats which charge exorbitant fares.
Some residents in Entebbe who have gardens or get foodstuffs from
Buwaya decry the high transport costs charged by boat operators and taxis.
They spend about shillings 8,000 for a return trip on boats and about 25,000
shillings on the road.
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At Bukakata, the docking piers have been partially submerged. As a
result, the two ferries that ply the Bukakata-Kalangala route dock sideways to
access the part of the pier that remains above water. However, loading and
offloading vehicles is a big challenge since the vessels are not anchored on a
In Buvuma, the suspension of MV Kiyindi ferry operations due to the submerged docking pier has
The fuel stations at Kirongo landing site and Luwanda trading centre suspended
their services due to failure by trucks to supply fuel from the mainland
resulting from the suspension of ferry services.