Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Call to improve MV Victoria seats

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

Transportation in Lake Victoria by MV Victoria vessel (photo) that operates between Mwanza and Bukoba towns is reported to be appalling, as 78.5 per cent of all passengers sit on wooden benches.

Speaking to this paper yesterday, the Secretary of the Surface Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) Consultative consumer council Oscar Kikoyo said of all 1,200 commuters who use MV Victoria, only 128 travellers can occupy cabins with beds.

"Travelling by this ship is terrifying. There is no reliable and affordable alternative for passengers. In essence, 78.5 per cent of commuters do not get value of their money," he said.

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