In Summary
  • The deployment of the five ferries beat the congestion experienced during the holidays.
  • Dilapidated infrastructure also caused withdrawal of services.

Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) has failed to sustain operations at the Mtongwe channel.

For three months now, there has been no services despite re-commissioning by President Uhuru Kenyatta last March.

MV Likoni, the ferry which was deployed to the channel, has been withdrawn and taken to the busy Likoni channel where it has been operating for the last three months. The ferry services at Mtongwe were halted in October last year.

CONGESTION

President Kenyatta re-launched the services at the Mtongwe channel after residents missed them for five years; this was after the government de-commissioned two old ferries for being unseaworthy.

Dilapidated infrastructure also caused withdrawal of services. In 1994, more than 270 people died in a ferry disaster at Mtongwe in one of Kenya’s worst maritime mishaps.

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