Uganda National Roads Authority’s technical team together with the leaders from Rubanda and Kabale Districts yesterday inspected possible landing sites for the for new ferry that will soon be plying Lake Bunyonyi.
During presidential campaigns in 2015, President Museveni pledged to provide a ferry at Lake Bunyonyi in order to ease transport across the lake which had become a death trap for communities around.
Reuben Tumwebaze Byaruhanga, UNRA’s Director Road Infrastructure Protection who led the technical team said the construction of the two ferries will commence in July 2021 and by December 2021 they will be ready.
The authority, he said, will soon start preparing modern landing sites for the vessel.
During the tour, locals expressed excitement about the ferries.
Munyambabazi Simpson, a resident of Kyevu village said the new development was long overdue since the president made the promise in 2015.
On his part, Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema the Rubanda LC5 chairman said lack of efficient transport means for people surrounding Lake Bunyonyi has led to an increase of accidents by drowning and forced many children to drop out of school.
“It is known by everyone here that almost all the accidents registered on Lake Bunyonyi are as a result of poor transport means. If the ferry comes we shall be in a better place,” Biryabarema said.
August 2016, five members of the same family drowned in Lake Bunyonyi while traveling in a canoe from a party in Mushebeya, Kamugangunzi sub county, to their home in Kabirago Ndarura Village, Rubaya sub county.