Water transport between Kayunga and Kamuli districts has been suspended after the ferry almost sank on Tuesday evening due to overloading.
The Mbulamuti ferry, which is located at Izaniro Landing site on River Nile in Kamuli District, was at around 7pm heading to Kamuli when it nearly capsized due to overloading.
According to witnesses, the ferry was carrying two heavy sand trucks and about 50 passengers.
The Busoga North Police spokesperson, Mr Michael Kasadha, on Wednesday said the incident happened after the ferry had reached the Kamuli side.
“They were offloading the ferry, but the last vehicle which I think was overloaded caused the problem. The ferry nearly capsized but fortunately nobody was injured and all passengers were safely evacuated,” Mr Kasadha said.
There was panic as frantic passengers- women and children struggled to get off the dipping ferry.
Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) spokesman Mark Ssali said the ferry would remain grounded for about five days as they carry out repairs.
“The process of removing the truck is on-going, sand is being offloaded from the truck to reduce the weight then the cranes can remove it. Once it has been done successfully, we will assess the damage done to the ferry and repair work will start immediately,” he said.
UNRA officials have called for calm and also advised stranded passengers and other ferry users to use the Jinja Highway as they handle the matter.