MP Kabuusu constructs ferry to save neglected Kyamuswa Island residents

Kyamuswa County member of Parliament Moses Kabuusu has constructed a mini ferry to save island residents from years of poor marine transport network.

Islanders living in Kyamuswa County have since 1996 not had a ferry replacing MV Barbus which had worn out and docked at Port Bell, it’s Port of origin.

Now, for the past 26 years the people living in the 63 islands that make up Kyamuswa County, with a population of 45000 people have not had a marine vessel.

All those who need to transport cargo, including vehicles use risky cargo boats which are much more expensive.

“This has denied us chance to be able to do business. You realize, the cost of transporting a vehicle is more than Ugx 300,000 for a direct route. Also timber and charcoal turns out to be expensive, among other utilities,” says Kassim Lugoloobi, one of the residents in the area.

In 2017, six people, aboard a small boat from Kisaba landing site enroute Entebbe drowned towards Buyovu. The incident reinvigorated the need to have a ferry in the islands.

Several leaders, at different occasions pleaded with government of Uganda to institute a ferry to save Islanders from drowning.

However, government only hopes to deliver a ferry for the Islanders in Kyamuswa County in the National Development Plan III, by 2025.

It is upon such background that the Kyamuswa County Member of Parliament Moses Kabuusu started the construction of a new ferry to ensure that travelers to and from the area can easily transport cargo and do business.

The vessel constructed out of wood has capacity to transport three vehicles with a 250 horsepower engine, lump and a cargo center.

“As we operate this, we also want government to deliver on its promise to facilitate us with a Marine Vessel to save people and also do business,” says Moses Kabuusu the Kyamuswa County MP.

The construction of the vessel is almost complete pending certification and clearance to navigate on Lake Victoria.

The District engineer Novat Baliremwa Mukajaanga says, before the vessel sails, there is need to test, award a sea worthy Certificate to the operators of the vessel, bouys and gadgets such as the Echo sounder and a radar.

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