Residents of Moyamba district and surrounding communities are currently mourning the untimely deaths of some of their people who lost their lives by drowning in the Mabang river.
This reporter made a conducted tour of the district past weekend and was greeted with the sad news of over six people who recently drowned in the river trying to make their way across to the other end.
A resident, Manso Kamara told AYV that just few days ago, a young man who had just entered into vehicle transport entrepreneurship suffered a huge loss after his vehicle fell off the dilapidated manual ferry into the river and drowned.
Manso confirmed that in just this month, October 2018, two vehicles have fallen off the local ferry and drowned, leaving properties worth millions of leones and lives wasted.
He went on to say, the ferry requires better preventive measures to be provided, while also reemphasizing the urgent need for government through its transport ministry to fix the Ferry Masampa that situated along the Mile 38 axis, which according to him will serve as an alternative and will salvage the Mabang Ferry predicament.
Manso said within 2013 and 2018, over eight vehicles have fallen off the Mabang ferries and drowned in the river, while further appealing for the government to facilitate the speedy reconstruction of the long collapsed Mabang Bridge.
“Every time I think of Moyamba district many questions come into my mind, are we not part of Sierra Leone?” Manso concluded in a very sad note.
It can be recalled that the Mabang Bridge, one of the oldest colonial bridges between Port Loko and Moyamba district, on Friday 22nd February, 2013 at about 4:30pm collapsed sinking a truck load of local produce, leaving many passengers wounded.
Since then, this ugly incident has cut off land access to Moyamba leaving many passengers using local dug-out canoes and a manual ferry to cross the 100meters length river.
Despite calls from residents in the area, the bridge had not undergone any reconstruction for years now.