By Stuart Bogere
KIU, Main Campus - President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned Uganda’s largest passenger vessel in Namayingo district in Eastern Uganda.
According to Don Wanyama the Presidential Press Secretary, says that the 300-seater MV Sigulu, which will connect Namayingo mainland to Sigulu and Dolwe islands in Lake Victoria will help islanders access social services, transport produce, boost fishing and reduce water transport mortality occasioned by rickety vessels/boats.
The Sigulu ferry is now Uganda's largest passenger vessel, according to Allan Ssempebwa the Media Relations Manager at Uganda National Roads Authority.
Ssempebwa adds that Segulu connects islanders of Sigulu and Dolwe, over 50kms away from mainland Namayingo District, a distance previously sailed by canoes and small engine boats.
MV Sigulu made its maiden expedition to the isolated island district in August 2020, a year after undergoing trials on Lake Victoria and since 2018 docked at Walukuba-Masese Division in Jinja City.
MV Sigulu, a government undertaking, was constructed by JGH Marine, a Danish firm, at a cost of Shs16b to connect Sigulu and Lolwe Islands to Lugala mainland in Namayingo District and not at no cost to all passengers and provides safer means of transport on water.