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Passengers Express Concerns over Security Laxity on Vessels

17 cases of theft of property while on the vessels have so far been recorded at Bugoma Police Station.
Mv Ssese, one of the ferries operating the Kalangala - Masaka route

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Travellers have complained of security laxity on the two ferries that ply the Masaka- Kalangala route.

The ferries, MV Pearl and MV Ssese operated by Kalangala Infrastructure Services Limited, a company co-owned by Uganda Government and Infraco, a UK based company were cleared by the Ministry of Works and Transport to operate Kalangala's southern route to the mainland. 

However, several travellers led by Rajab Ssemakula, the district speaker have complained about the security risks they face while on the vessels.

 In a meeting with residents, the police and management of the ferries, the residents indicated that the security officers rarely check passengers who board the ferry. 

17 cases of theft of property while on the vessels have so far been recorded at Bugoma Police Station. The travellers also wondered why some of the passengers are not checked in private, leaving some of them vulnerable to theft. 

//Cue in “Kibi nnyo okulumya …

Cue out: … Kya nsonyi nnyo”// 

Both police and private security guards have always been deployed at the ferry docking piers at Lukku – Bugoma, in Kalangala and Kachanga, Bukakata in Masaka District.

Last month, three travellers from Soroti using MV Ssese ferry lost phones and money while on board the vessel.

Richard Musisi, the Kalangala District Police Commander, says that incidents of thefts cannot happen if the vessels have enough security guards.

Joseph Mulindwa, the Public Relations Officer for Kalangala Infrastructure Services, the company that manages the Marine Vessels, says that passengers should speak out about any criminal acts committed on board the vessels to enable management address the matter. 

//Cue in “Abantu bangi fena …

Cue out: … ate tukitegeere bulungi.”//



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