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Works Ministry Convenes Crisis Meeting Over Grounded Ferry

Authorities in Kalangala and officials from Ministry of Works have held a crisis meeting to end the severe transport crisis affecting the district.



Last month, Kalangala plunged into a severe transport crisis after MV Kalangala the only ferry that connects the Island district to land, was grounded by ministry of works for repairs.



Last week, several residents of Kalangala staged a demonstration at Kalangala district headquarters to protest against the delayed repair of the ferry, saying it was affecting their livelihood.



The residents led by beach and hotel owners accused officials of Ministry of Works of embezzling the money meant for repairing the ferry.



On Monday, Charles Muganzi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport on convened a crisis meeting at the ministry headquarters in Kampala where he met with leaders from Kalangala.



The Kalangala district team was represented by Fred Badda, the Bujumba Member of Parliament, Daniel Kikooka, the LC5 chairman, and Deo Kayiwa Nsereko, the area RDC.



Speaking after a five hour meeting, Fred Badda said that he was happy with the resolutions made at the meeting. Badda says the Ministry has agreed to repair the ship in two days during which it will resume operating to end the transport crisis.



Badda says Charles Muganzi, who chaired the meeting assured them that he will personally oversee the repair of the ferry. Deo Kayiwa Nsereko, Kalangala Resident District Commissioner says that has asked Charles Muganzi to investigate allegations that the engineers who took the embattled ship for repair in Mwanza-Tanzania in 2009 stole some of the money meant for the repairs.

Kayiwa says it is queer that the same engine which was meant to be overhauled during the repair was not fixed. Charles Muganzi, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport declined to discuss details of the meeting when contacted on phone.

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