Arua Residents, Officials Reject Old Ferry

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Genesis Acema, the speaker Arua District council wonders why UNRA officials led by Wilson Kafifi, the Arua station engineer want to relocate an old ferry to Rhino Camp when Museveni stated clearly that they would get a new one.

 
 
 
 
Arua district officials and residents have rejected a proposal by Uganda National Roads Authority to relocate an old ferry from Laropi Landing site in Adjumani district to the newly built Yukuriku landing site in Rhino Camp sub County. Yukuriku landing site connects Arua to Amuru district across River Nile.
 
During his 2011 election campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to build Yukuriku landing site and provide a new ferry to ease transport between the two neighboring districts.  The construction work is almost complete.
 
However, it recently emerged that UNRA was proposing to relocate the old ferry from Laropi landing site in Adjumani to Yukuriku landing site in Arua, a move the district leadership and residents have rejected. Hamza Manzu, a resident of Madi Okollo says president Museveni promised them a new ferry and wonder why UNRA wants to relocate a junky ferry from another place to the land site.
 
He says the move by UNRA amounts to corruption adding that, he has information showing the new ferry was taken to Laropi landing site on the orders of General Moses Ali, the second deputy Prime Minister.


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Genesis Acema, the speaker Arua District council wonders why UNRA officials led by Wilson Kafifi, the Arua station engineer want to relocate an old ferry to Rhino Camp when Museveni stated clearly that they would get a new one.
 
 
 
He however, says they will reject attempts to install an old ferry at the new landing site.  But Wilson Kafifi, the UNRA Arua station engineer says they had wanted to take the old ferry to Rhino camp to pave way as they wait for the new ferry to arrive. He however says that, if residents and local leaders don't want the old ferry to reach their area they have no objection.

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Kassiano Wadri, the Terego county MP also disputes the explanations by UNRA for the attempts to deploy an old ferry.  According to the legislators, it is the first time he is hearing claims of deploying an old ferry to clear the way for a new one.

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Sam Wadri Nyakua, the Arua LC V chairperson says the district council passed a resolution out rightly rejecting the proposal by UNRA to install an old ferry at Yukuriku landing site and they stick by it. He says they have agreed to wait for the new ferry that was promised by the President.
 
Lt. Gen Moses Ali, the second deputy premiers who is accused of grabbing the new ferry has distanced himself saying he isn't even aware of any ferry that is to connect Arua to Amuru district via River Nile.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.