Panic as MV Kalangala Breaks Down on the Lake

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Shortly after the ferry broke down, some of the passengers started shading tears while others were seen trying to call their relatives to inform them about what had happened.

There was panic aboard MV Kalangala ferry enroute to Nakiwogo Landing site in Entebbe on Sunday morning after it broke down in the middle of Lake Victoria. The ferry broke down half an hour after taking off from Kalangala Island triggering panic amongst travelers for fear of their lives. Shortly after the ferry broke down, some of the passengers started shading tears while others were seen trying to call their relatives to inform them about what had happened.

A marine boat was later dispatched to ferry the travelers to the mainland. A transport crew member aboard MV Kalangala told URN on condition of anonymity that the solo Lake steamer broke down due to lack of service. The ferry was due for major repairs in Mwanza Tanzania in August last year but this was not done owing to lack of resources. Ferries are required to undergo a major overhaul after every nine years. According to the source, the engine of MV Kalangala requires a total overhaul.

The incident comes three days after MPs from Kalangala district in partnership with Willy Lugoloobi, the LC V chairperson, RDC Deo Kayiwa Nsereko and Beach owners under Kalangala Toursim Development Association embarked on efforts to petition the works ministry and parliament to have the ferry serviced. Kayiwa Nsereko, the Kalangala RDC tasked the area leaders to mobilize their electorate even if it means to stage protests at parliament, saying they ready so as to have secure transport.

This is the third times in two years, the ferry has broken down in the medical of the owning to its poor mechanical condition. Anina N Mbombwe, the chief captain MV Kalangala declined to comment on the condition of the ferry saying he was not authorized to speak to the media and instead referred URN to the ministry of works public relations officer.