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BY CORRESPONDENT,LIKONI,12TH SEPT 2018-There was delays and congestion at the Likoni Channel in Mombasa on Wednesday morning after Mv Jambo, Kenya’s biggest ferry, developed mechanical problem.
Motorists and pedestrians seeking to cross the Indian Ocean to South Coast were forced to queue for long hours to get transport.
The congestion affected commuters rushing to work, who forced their way into the three available ferries— Mv Nyayo, Mv Harambee and Mv Kwale.
Commuters who spoke to www.upesinews.co.ke have expressed disappointments following the hitch which they have termed as perennial.”Hizi ferri zimekuwa zikikumbwa na hitilafu kila mara,sijui ni kwa nini usimamizi wake hauwezi zishughulikia once and for all.said John Nzaro (The ferries have always broken down and i wonder why the management does not sought them out once and fall all)”
The breakdown has resulted in traffic snarl-up on both sides of the channel as the management struggles to help pedestrians cross the ocean.
Mv Jambo is the biggest ferry in Kenyan and the Kenya Ferry Services relies on deal with congestion at the channel.
The vessel broke down on the Mombasa Island side of the channel after it developed a mechanical problem, according to a KFS official who spoke on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to issue press statements.
On Wednesday morning, the vessel blocked two other ferries from docking at the Mombasa-Island side, complicating the situation.
Mv Jambo is one of the new ferries that were bought by the government from Turkey a year ago.
It was delivered in July 2017 and it cost the taxpayers Sh2 billion. It begun its operations on August 7, 2017 .