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Kenya Ferry Services to expand operations to major water bodies – KBC

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The Kenya Ferry Services is targeting to expand its operations to major water bodies in the country such as Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana in a five-year strategic plan.

KFS managing director Bakari Gowa says the strategy is aimed at attracting more business within the water transport sub-sector in Kenya.

The agency also looks to build floating hotels within the main steam operators to boost revenues.

Only two regions in Kenya have water bodies with ferry services available- Mombasa, in the Kenyan Coast and Mbita in Western side of the country.

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Kenya Ferry Service says the 5-year strategic plan will capitalize on water transport. According to KFS’s chairman, Dan Mwanzo, the company, in five years will extend operations to Lakes Victoria, Turkana and Lamu.

As part of the plans, KFS has put infrastructural designs with enhanced use of advanced technology which is set to transform the transport sector.

Nonetheless Mwanzo says additional funds will be needed to execute the plan.  Bakari Gowa further says KFS will build floating boats as well.

At the coast, the ferries plies Mombasa to the south coast while in on Lake Victoria, the ferry services are within Mbita Kisumu to Mfangano, Mbita, Rusinga, Takawiri islands as well Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, Siaya and Muhuru Bay in Migori.

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