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Private ferries can solve Likoni ferry delays

17 November 2015, 12:08 John Kioko

Mombasa - Frequent delays at Likoni ferry crossing channel can be addressed if private entrepreneurs can be allowed to run private ferries, vision 2030 acting director Gituro Wainaina has said.

He said time has come for the national government to consider introducing private ferry services for commercial purposes in order to ease congestion at the Likoni crossing channel.

“We are happy the government is not charging locals crossing at the Likoni ferry but we need private ferries to be charging those who can pay to reduce delays experienced by business people and tourists,” he said.

Speaking at Southern Palms beach hotel in Kwale Monday during an event to improve reading achievements in Kenya organized by Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA), Wainaina said that time has come for those managing the Kenya Ferry Services to change tactics.

Wainaina said that south coast hoteliers who are bearing the brunt of delays will benefit since tourists will be crossing at any given time without delays.

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“We have tourists who have vowed not to go to South coast because of the delays at the ferry like one of my friend in Burundi. That is just one case; we want something to be done to bring efficiency at the crossing channel and ease transport,” he added.

Wainaina said it will be difficult for the country to realize vision 2030 if such issues are not sorted out.

“On Sunday it took us two hours and half to cross because of delay and congestion at the Likoni ferry,” he said.

He observed that the country is losing a lot economically due to the delays at the ferry which can be worked out if proper plans are put in place.

“We have a disaster in waiting and if the problem is not sorted out urgently in the three or two years to come something bad might happen," he warned.

Wainaina said that it is good for the government to put up measures that will ensure the operations at the crossing channel are improved.

“We need to stop waiting for a disaster to happen so as to act,” he appealed.

On whether the ferry services are under County or national government, Wainaina said that the most important thing is consider the lives of locals.

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