Mwanza RC assures quick repairs to berth used by MV Tegemeo ferry

12Feb 2020
The Guardian
Mwanza RC assures quick repairs to berth used by MV Tegemeo ferry

MWANZA Regional Commissioner John Mongella has appealed to residents of Maisome and Kaunda islands in Lake Victoria to exercise patience over the challenge they are facing following the collapse of the berth used by MV Tegemeo ferry due to ongoing rains and assured them that the government is -

MV Tegemeo

-working on the matter.

Mongella gave the assurance at the weekend during his inspection visit on the destruction to various infrastructures, roads and bridges following heavy rains in Sengerema and Buchosa districts in the region.

He said Tanzania Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) have brought in engineers to assess the situation and decide what can be done as an urgent measure to help passengers use the ferry.

He also called upon TEMESA to ensure they work day and night to deal with the challenge, adding that the government will be laughed at if it embarks on a shortcut solution to deal with the challenge.

He also appealed to TEMESA to construct a shelter to be used as waiting room for passengers as well as toilets saying these should be ready by June this year.

In addition, he said TEMESA should prepare a timetable for the ferry that should be well understood as well a schedule for the cost of passenger fares and luggage.

The Sengerema District Commissioner Dr Emmanuel Kipole said the ferry has been serving two regions – Geita and Mwanza but due to berth’s collapse the timetable has been altered.

He said the ferry will end its daily services at 6.30 pm when there is still light so that the wananchi should not be attacked by wild beasts such as crocodiles and hippos.

Residents of the area, Samsoni Nyanda and Marco Lufungulo said the berth’s collapse after being submerged in water has instilled fear in wananchi’s lives when travelling and appealed to the government to work on the berth as quickly as possible.

MV Tegemeo ferry was launched by the then Vice President, Dr Gharib Bilal on September 26 2014.