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Namasale –Zengebe Ferry Route Reopens

UNRA temporarily closed the route on Thursday after its two ferries broke down. Travelers were diverted to Masindi Port ferry via the Apac-Lira-Dokolo-Amolatar alternative route.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has reopened the Namasale - Zengebe ferry route on Lake Kyoga four days after it was closed.

UNRA temporarily closed the route on Thursday after its two ferries broke down. Travelers were diverted to Masindi Port ferry via the Apac-Lira-Dokolo-Amolatar alternative route. A team of engineers from UNRA were immediately dispatched at the site to work on the ferries.

Mark Ssali, UNRA's Director for Communication says the route was re-opened on Sunday after repair works on the new MV Kyoga II were completed.

He said the teams are working tirelessly to complete work on the MV Kyoga I which is expected to be completed this week.

The USD 3.7 million (12.39 billion Shilling) ferry built by a Danish company Johs Gram- Hanssen-Western Marine Shipyard has a capacity of 16 vehicles and 120 passengers.

It travels at 16.7 kilometres per hour, which is twice the speed of MV Kyoga I whose speed is 8.33 kilometres an hour and takes one hour and 10 minutes to cross the 9.1-kilometer lake stretch from Namasale in Amolatar district to Zengebe in Nakasongola.

The Zengebe - Namasale ferries serve the neighbouring districts of Kaberamaido, Dokolo, Amolatar, Amuria and parts of Soroti. Most people especially businessmen from these areas access Kampala through this ferry route.

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