Bageya Waiswa, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Works says that he has received complaints from islanders that NODL has not provided an alternative marine vessel to operate the Kalangala-Entebbe route for one month MV Kalangala will not be operating.
The landing site has now been sealed off for disinfecting in line with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the four crew members of the ship will be quarantined in the ship for 14 days.
MV Kalangala, the marine vessel plying Nakiwogo in Entebbe to Lutoboka landing site in Kalangala island has triggered complaints in the recent months ranging from inefficiency, overloading and engine defaults from travelers.
Byarugaba also indicated that for stability and safety reasons, passengers must be advised to remain in their accommodation areas. Both Passenger access to the deck and the serving of beer has been restricte
With a sitting capacity of up to 200 people and cargo, the vessel will make several routes to the outlying islands of Kalangala. Currently, Kalangala has three marine vessels, MV Kalangala, MV Pearl and MV Ssese all docking on one island, Bugala leaving the rest of the 84 islands that make up the district without safe means of transport.
Mr Sadala Musoke, the Chief Executive Officer of Nation Oil Distributors Ltd, a company procured to privately run MV Kalanagala in 2015 told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the new vessel is expected to be operating by end of November.
Members of the crew and engineering departments of the vessel also told URN that one of the engines developed mechanical problems and couldnt run the vessel while the alternative engine was too weak to move the vessel without support.
Although the vessel is expected to leave Nakiwogo docking pier at 2 pm on a journey to Kalangala, it often starts the Journey at 3:00 p.m., an hour later than scheduled. MV Kalangala takes three and a half hours to move from Entebbe to Kalangala.