Transport woes for residents of Lolwe and Sigulu sub-counties in Namayingo District will soon be history when Uganda’s largest ferry starts floating on Lake Victoria.
This is because the construction of Sigulu Ferry at Masese Landing Site, Walukuba-Masese Division in Jinja Municipality, is in advanced stages.
The long awaited MV Sigulu, a government undertaking, is meant to serve residents of Lolwe and Sigulu sub-counties in Namayingo District.
Uganda National Roads Authority says about 95 per cent of construction works are complete.
“MV Sigulu ferry now under construction at Masese, Jinja. Progress at 95 percent. UNRA executive director [Ms Allen Kagina] inspects ongoing works,” said UNRA's media relations manager, Mr Allan Sempebwa, on Wednesday.
JGH Marine A/S, a Danish firm contracted to build the ferry, started construction in September 2018.
The vessel is going to be Uganda's largest ferry with a capacity of 300 passengers when complete, according to Mr Sempebwa.
Mr James Ouma Wandera, the district secretary for health and education, said expectant mothers had been making a 20km boat expedition to Kenya to give birth and immunise their children.
“They sail to Kenya and back at Shs30,000 and after giving birth, make another trip to immunise the child,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ms Kagina and a team of technical staff have started a four-day inspection of road projects in eastern Uganda.
Credit: Daily Monitor