The Mbulamuti ferry connecting Kayunga and Kamuli districts has halted operations for an unspecified time, according to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
This follows an incident caused by a truck disembarking off the vessel last evening.
“At disembarking, the force of the truck affected the ferry’s floating components given the fluctuating water levels. However, no persons were injured,” a statement from UNRA reads in part.
“We are assessing the extent of damage and repair time at the moment before services can resume,” the statement continues.
Now the Authority advises that those who have been plying the route switch the longer Kampala- Jinja route.
“With ferry services currently at a halt along this route, we advise the public to use the existing road network (Kayunga-Jinja-Kamuli highway) as an alternative in the interim.”
The ferry which has a 90-tonne capacity began operations in December 2011. It acts as a mobile road and its services are free. It takes only 15 minutes for the ferry to move from Kasana Landing Site to Mbulamuti Landing Site in Kamuli District.
The ferry carries an average of 700 passengers and about 65 vehicles daily.