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Excitement as Masindi Port Ferry Resumes Operation Months after Suspension

Anthony Okucu, the UNRA Lira Station Engineer says the ferry has resumed normal operation and is capable of conducting 22 trips a day. He asked the travelers to resume their normal travel schedules.
UNRA officials inspect Masindi Port Ferry (Photo Credit-UNRA)

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Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA has resumed the operations of Masindi Port ferry on River Nile, three months after suspension.

UNRA announced the resumption of the Masindi Port Ferry on Thursday after it was temporarily suspended last year due to high water level in River Nile that flooded the ferry landing sites and access roads.

The ferry that connects Kiryandongo to Apac district through Masindi port and Kungu route across River Nile suspended operations in December last year to allow engineers work on the route.

Anthony Okucu, the UNRA Lira Station Engineer says the ferry has resumed normal operation and is capable of conducting 22 trips a day. He asked the travelers to resume their normal travel schedules.

The Masindi port ferry master Charles Alex Bogere, told Uganda Radio Network that the operation has resumed with normal schedules. Bogere said that their technical personnel were able to work on the ferry landing ground that had been disturbing them for a while.

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The resumption of the ferry has excited local traders and the travelers.

Nelly Ajwang, a resident of Apac town who is also a user of the road expressed excitement following the development. Since suspension Ajwang noted that she had been spending heavily to travel to Kampala taking the long route from Apac-Kwania-Lira to Kampala Highway.

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Tonny Otim, a resident of Kungu trading center is optimistic that business will start booming. He says that for the past months, they have made losses from their various businesses since their customer base is often often supported by the ferry operation.

During the last three months, while the ferry was suspended, several trucks loaded with charcoal and buses full of passengers were seen taking the long route of Apac-Kwania-Lira to Kampala Highway.

Masindi Port Ferry is often used by traders from Apac, Kwania, Dokolo and Kiryandongo districts and passengers from Lira City.  

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