Bashir Ibrahim, a tour guide at the Queen Elizabeth conservation area, says that it takes between 40 minutes to one and half hours for the ferry to make a single trip. He says the delays are likely to discourage tourists who have scheduled travel time.
operators and travellers have complained about the delays caused by the ferry at
Katunguru Bridge. In June, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) announced the
temporary closure of Kazinga Channel Bridge at Katungura along the
Kasese-Katunguru-Ishaka Road for emergency rehabilitation.
UNRA provided free ferry services to help those crossing the channel. However, travellers using the route have decried delays caused by the ferry and want UNRA
to provide more ferries to ease traffic delays.
Bashir Ibrahim, a tour guide at the Queen Elizabeth conservation area, says that it
takes between 40 minutes to one and half hours for the ferry to make a single
trip. He says the delays are likely to discourage tourists who have
scheduled travel time.
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Haruna Katumba, another tour operator wants UNRA to introduce a second ferry to
ease on the time travellers have to wait on one side of the channel. Katumba
also wants tour vehicles to be given priority while crossing.
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Baker Adrian, a tourist from Texas in the USA, said one ferry making a back and forth journey has proved to be inefficient creating lots of delays.
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However, both the Kasese and Rubirizi
Resident District Commissioners, say they expect limited traffic flow across
the two districts due to inter-district travel restrictions. Harriet Nakamya, the Rubirizi RDC says no person from her
district will be allowed on the ferry without authorization from local leaders.
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Kasese RDC Lt. Joe Walusimbi says they will intensify security patrols to
ensure people do not take advantage of the ferry to violet in the inter-district
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Solomon Ahimbisibwe, the project engineer, says the bridge is likely to take
around Shillings 898 million expected to be completed in the next three
months. He says they created diversion routes for heavy loads and those
who do not want to be inconvenienced.
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In 2019, traffic on the same route was diverted for nearly three weeks
following damage on the bridge.
The Katunguru Bridge was constructed in 1954 and first
repaired in 1988. The 32 kilometre Kazinga Channel that links Lake Edward and
George is a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Several
taxis, buses and heavy trucks cross the bridge daily from Western and Southwestern Uganda to DR Congo and Rwanda.