Paraa Ferry Resumes Operations after Major Repair.

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Walter Odokorwot, the Murchison Falls National Park Community Conservation Warden says the ferry was overhauled due to water leakage.

Paraa ferry has resumed operations, a week after it was grounded for maintenance. Paraa ferry plies the Masindi-Pakwach route on river Nile. It is mainly used by oil exploration firms to ferry heavy machinery to their sites inside Murchison Falls National Park. However, last week Uganda Wildlife Authority grounded the ferry for major maintenance works on its engine.

A statement issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority on Wednesday shows that the ferry will resume its operations on November 1st. Walter Odokorwot, the Murchison Falls National Park Community Conservation Warden says the ferry was overhauled due to water leakage. Odokorwot explains that during the 7 days of repair, Uganda Wildlife Authority deployed several manually operated boats to assist the public cross River Nile.

The Authority’s vehicles were also being used on either side of the Nile for various purposes. Jossy Muhangi, the Acting Public Relations Manager Uganda Wildlife Authority says the ferry was successfully restored and will serving the oil exploration activities in around Murchison Falls. On Wednesday, the ferry embarked on its maiden test drive across the Nile to the thunderous cheers of onlookers who had gathered by the Nile River bank.
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Muhangi says the next scheduled service will be in June next year.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.