Charles Alex Bogere, the Ferry Master at Masindi Port says one of the engines became fault while in motion crossing the river with passengers promoting them to immediately suspending operation.
Whereas a team of UNRA engineers are already working on the faulty engine, Bogere told URN they are not yet aware about when the ferry may resume operation.
National Roads Authority (UNRA) has temporarily suspended the operation of the Masindi
Port Ferry on River Nile.
that connects Kiryandongo and Apac districts through Masindi port and Kungu route
developed mechanical breakdown on Friday evening.
Bogere, the Ferry Master at Masindi Port says one of the engines was faulty
while crossing the river with passengers on Friday before operation was immediately suspended.
team of UNRA engineers are already working on the faulty engine, Bogere told
URN they are not yet sure when the ferry will resume operation.
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UNRA has now
diverted traffic to the Masindi port junction through Karuma Bridge and Nakasongola
junction through Lake Kyoga to Amolatar district for those traveling to
Okello, a taxi operator along this route asked UNRA to ensure that the repair is carried out quickly and operation resumes to allow them remain in business since they are
approaching the festive season.
worried that this could affect their business once the repair delays.
This is the
third time Mthe asindi Port Ferry is breaking down in a space of three months.
the operation of the ferry was suspended to allow routine maintenance hardly after two months
when it had just been serviced.
passengers traveling from Lira, Apac and Kwania districts often prefer this
route since it is shorter to access Kampala compared to Lira-Kamdini via