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Transport on Lake Victoria: its impact on the ecosystem

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Photo by Henry Lubulwa 
Transport The residents of Kalangala on September 6th, 2015 were relieved to have a second ferry MV Ssese ply the Masaka -Kalangala route launched by President Museveni managed by Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS).  In 2009 KIS signed an agreement with the government of Uganda, to manage transport services on Lake Victoria. They promised to have two ferries, one MV Pearl which plied the Masaka -Kalangala route was brought 3 years ago broke down (August, 2012) after maintenance done in Kisumu, Kenya it was brought back on September 2nd, 2015. MV Ssese has special features to prevent MV Pearl break down (propellers getting stuck in fish nets), it has the capability of demarcating routes, 375 horsepower making the Masaka – Kalangala route in 20 minutes while MV Pearl can make the same route in 30 minutes, it carries 180 passengers and 20 saloon cars pay trip. Both ferries make 10 trips a day, making 4,900 trips a year. MV Ssese is the best model in Uganda an…