The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has bought a sh6.5b ferry to ease transport and accessibility of districts around Lake Kyoga.
The 120-tonne vessel, which can accommodate 70 passengers and 12 cars, was supplied by Danish firm Johs Gram Hassen, the roads agency spokesperson, Dan Alinange said.
Alinange revealed that the Government was buying more ferries as one of the interventions aimed at easing water transport.
The vessel will be stationed at Zengebe Landing Site in Nakasongola and will ply the Nakasongola-Namasale route. It will serve Dokolo, Amolatar, Nakasongola, Lira and Soroti districts.
Alinange said the agency would buy more to promote water transport and development by improving accessibility of the islands in the country’s lakes.
Lake Kyoga is a large shallow lake that lies in north western Uganda. Occupying an area of about 1,720 km2 and at an elevation of 914 m, Lake Kyoga is one of Uganda’s major attractions. The Victoria Nile flows through the lake on its way from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert. It offers a potential for fishing tours having about 46 species of fish that have been recorded in Lake Kyoga, and several crocodiles etc.
Compiled by Jackie