Teddy Nakato, a dealer in sweet plantain says she was forced to offload the bananas from two trucks and transport it using small boats. Nakato expresses distress for hiring trucks, which are now stranded at the island. This means she will have to pay the truck owner for extra days they will have to spend at the island without working. She pays about Shillings 250, 000 for three days.
Travelers to Buvuma Island
have to part with more money following a hike in the boat fares. Boat operators
decided to hike their failure because of the suspension of ferry services from
Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe District to Kirongo landing site in Buvuma
Uganda National Roads
Authority-UNRA suspended ferry services until November 24th to repair the
ferry, which had developed some defect. As a result, boat operators have taken advantage
of the absence of the ferry to make more money.
On a usual day small
boats charge Shillings 3, 000 per passenger without goods but have now
increased the fare to Shillings 5, 000. Passengers with heavy luggage or a
bunch of banana have been paying between Shillings 5, 000 to 7, 000 but it has
no increased to between Shillings 7, 000 to 12, 000.
Teddy Nakato, a dealer
in sweet plantain says she was forced to offload the bananas from two trucks
and transport it using small boats. Nakato expresses distress for hiring trucks,
which are now stranded at the island.
This means she will have to pay the truck owner for extra
days they will have to spend at the island without working. She pays about Shillings
250, 000 for three days.
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James Nambula, a trader at Kirongo landing site notes that
boat owners take advantage whenever the ferry is suspended to hike their fares knowing
that people have no option other than using boats. He appeals to UNRA to
always monitor the condition of the ferry and communicate in time to allow
people to prepare for the situation.
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Ayubu Onale, a boat owner at Kirongo says the number of
passengers increases whenever the ferry breakdowns yet they lack enough
requirements such as life jackets, which prompts them to hike prices so as to
hire jacket and engines to ensure safe transportation of people and their
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“We incur much costs to buy life jackets, our appeal to the
government is to help use offer to us life jackets at an affordable price so
that we offer services at reduced prices to our people.”
Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA Public and Media Relations
manager calls for calm. “As the authority we must ensure security for our people, and
therefore we call upon them to remain calm as we ensure servicing and
maintaining the ferry. We are also committed to completing a new ferry that
shall be plying that same route starting from February next year,” Ssempebwa
This is the second time ferry services to Buvuma are being suspended this
year. The first incident happened in February this year.