UNRA grounds ferry that nearly drowned Besigye


Uganda National Roads Authority has grounded a ferry to Buvuma islands for at least one month.

The roads authority said in a statement that Kiyindi ferry services have been interrupted to commence repairs.

“UNRA informs the general public that the ferry connecting Kampala, Jinja and Buvuma islands.”

UNRA said the services of the ferry will be interrupted in its routine operation beginning Monday may 23 2016.

The interruption will be for a period of one month to allow repairs on the ferry.

Repairs will also be made on the ferry landing sites to guarantee safety of users.


Besigye and Muntu in Buvuma Islands

“UNRA apologises for the inconvenience caused and a calls for patience during service interruption.”

In November 2015 during the presidential campaigns, FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, and his campaign team nearly drowned in Buvuma islands on Lake Victoria.

During the huge procession on the lake, boatmen lost control of their engines while dancing to songs sung to welcome the FDC strongman.

Just as they were about to capsize under the wheels of the huge Kiyindi ferry, nearly 20 people in the small boats, the passenger in the ferry started to make distress calls.

At that moment, the operator of the ferry took a quick decision and risked to stop in the middle of the lake to rescue the people from the submerging boats.


Besigye was later rescued by smaller boats.

Buvuma Island (sometimes ‘Uvuma’, locally ) is the largest island in the Buvuma Islands chain, in Lake Victoria in Africa.

The chain of islands known as Buvuma Islands, consists of more than fifty islands and is located a few kilometres off the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda in the Napoleon Gulf.

Buvuma lies approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi), by water, south of the major city of Jinja, and around 90 kilometres (56 mi), southeast of the national capital, Kampala.


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