The Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA says the
Nakiwogo-Buwaya ferry will not work on September 25-26th in order to undergo mandatory
UNRA says the exercise aims at enhancing the
ferry’s service reliability and safety.
In its absence, the agency advises the public to travel
by road through the Entebbe Road-Ssisa-Nakawuka-Kasanje-Buwaya route.
The ferry operates daily from 7am to 6pm. It is licensed to carry 100 passengers, 10
cars and 20 motorcycles. However due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the ferry
has been carrying a maximum of 50 people, six cars and ten motorcycles.
The route is mainly used by residents of Entebbe
who have farms in Buwaya and on business, while Buwaya residents travel
frequently to Entebbe for medical care at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital and
other health centres, or sell mainly food stuffs, and also travel to buy merchandise.
Some of these residents including Hellen Babirye and Joy Zalwango told our reporter that in
the absence of the ferry, they will use boats. The boats charge shillings 3,000
per trip. The ferry is free.
Zalwango, six months pregnant says she usually travels to Entebbe for antenatal checkup at Entebbe hospital.
Apart from residents, the route is popular among
travelers destined to Mpigi.They include truck drivers Chrysostom Ssebuliba and Sam Ssebulime who prefer to transport logs and timber via Buwaya than using the
Ssebulime says the Nakawuka road trip is
cumbersome because of potholes and therefore he spends more time on the road
and consumes more fuel.