The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has temporarily suspended the operation of the Masindi Port Ferry on River Nile.
The ferry that connects Kiryandongo and Apac districts through Masindi port and Kungu route developed mechanical breakdown on Friday evening.
Charles Alex Bogere, the Ferry Master at Masindi Port says one of the engines was faulty while crossing the river with passengers on Friday before operation was immediately suspended.
Whereas a team of UNRA engineers are already working on the faulty engine, Bogere told URN they are not yet sure when the ferry will resume operation.
UNRA has now diverted traffic to the Masindi port junction through Karuma Bridge and Nakasongola junction through Lake Kyoga to Amolatar district for those traveling to Northern Uganda.
Tony Okello, a taxi operator along this route asked UNRA to ensure that the repair is carried out quickly and operation resumes to allow them remain in business since they are approaching the festive season.
Okello is worried that this could affect their business once the repair delays.
This is the third time the Masindi Port Ferry is breaking down in a space of three months.
In August, the operation of the ferry was suspended to allow routine maintenance hardly after two months when it had just been serviced.
Many passengers traveling from Lira, Apac and Kwania districts often prefer this route since it is shorter to access Kampala compared to Lira-Kamdini via Karuma bridge.