Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Kazungula new ferry has remained as white elephant

After more than six months sitting idle, the P16 million ferry that was bought by the Central Transport Organization is expected to go on duty next month.

The Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Amangwe Madisakwana, said, “the new ferry has not been functional since the beginning of this year”.
So far, only one ferry from Zambia is functioning and truck drivers have to queue for more than a week to cross between Botswana and Zambia.

Madisakwana said sometime last year the ministry bought the homemade ferry at a cost of P16 million.
He said after the ferry was put on trial, it broke down after a week after hitting some object under water.

This caused serious damages.
“It has been a headache to us because we really wanted the ferry to function and speed up the service at Kazungula,” he said.
Madisakwana said though it was a homemade ferry, there were certain parts that were bought from the United States of America.

He further said the ferry had been fixed.

“Apparently, as we speak now, the ministry has already appointed some Zambian ferry experts to conduct a re-fresher course to the four ferry operators on how to operate the ferry,” he said.
He said the main reason why they contacted the Zambians is the fact that they are well experienced in ferry operations.

However, some truck drivers at Kazungula border post said that sometimes they have to queue for more than a week before crossing into Zambia.

They said they were very excited when Botswana bought a new ferry but that the euphoria was short-lived.

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