Government plans to hand over the management of the Kalangala ferry to a local company.
Speaking to the residents of Masaka, at the liberty square last evening, the works and transport minister, John Nasasira, said that the management of the ferry by a Dutch company has become increasingly difficult to sustain because of the high costs of maintenance. He says that government spends about 100,000 dollars per month in maintenance costs.
Nasasira says that government has resolved to find local companies which can take over the management of the ferry, to cut down on the costs of maintenance.
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Nasasira however says that government has no plans to privatize the ferry; rather government wants to buy another ferry to ease the increasing traffic along the piers.
Several people demanded to know why the ferry managers are charging fees for ferry services. But Nasasira explained that the fee charged is meant for the purchase of fuel. He says that it has sometimes proved difficult for government to ensure constant supplies of fuel to the ferry.