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Alex Nviri, the LC V Chairperson Buvuma district, says acknowledges the sorry state of the ferry. According to Nviri, Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA promised to replace the ferry with the one that has been operating in Kalangala, which is under repair at Luzira.
some of the people leaving the ferry after it had arrived from Bvuma Island

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The sorry state of Kiyindi ferry has raised concern among some of the staff and travelers. The ferry crosses from Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe district to Buvuma Island in Buvuma district.

The ferry has been playing the route for the last ten years transporting especially traders and farmers from Kiyindi landing site to the island.  

It makes three round trips each day. A staff on the ferry told URN on condition of anonymity that apart from being small, the ferry hardly takes a week without breaking down.

He explained that the ferry only takes 350 passengers and 8 small vehicles. “However, sometimes we receive over 20 big vehicles which make it impossible for them to cross at once,” he said.

He also noted that the ferry breaks down frequently, which paralyses transport to Buvuma Islands since they spend days repairing it. “We can take over three weeks repairing the ferry,” he said.

Adding that, “this ferry has to use four engines but as we talk it only has two engines, which makes it sail at a very slow speed to reach the island."

Our reporter also noticed that the timber on the ferry where travelers stand is rotten. Our reporter traveled on the ferry and interacted with some of the travelers.  Moses Odeba, one of the travelers, said several activities ground to a halt whenever the ferry breaks down.

Odeba explains that travelers who opt to use boats to cross the lake have to fork out between Shillings 15,000 and 20,000. Mohammed Nviri, another traveler says they miss out on key services like the delivery of medicine to health centers whenever the ferry breaks down.

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Alex Nviri, the LC V Chairperson Buvuma district, says acknowledges the sorry state of the ferry. According to Nviri, Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA promised to replace the ferry with the one that has been operating in Kalangala, which is under repair at Luzira.

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Mark Ssali, the UNRA Public Relations Officer, said the authority is aware of the sorry state of the ferry but hastened to add that another ferry is being rehabilitated to replace it.

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