Mtongwe ferry services have resumed as tourists and local visitors flock to Mombasa for the Christmas festivities.
Most tourists visiting Kenya’s tourism hub use the ferry to cross over to Diani in Kwale County to enjoy their holidays during the hectic tourism high season that often sees congestion on Likoni channel.
Kenya Ferry Services said it had resumed Mtongwe service as they assured the users of a continuous operation.
The withdrawal of the ferry at the Mtongwe channel more than two months ago forced residents to use the Likoni channel leading to further congestion.
“As Mtongwe residents we are relieved that the ferry services have resumed on this route. We can now access Mombasa island via the Mtongwe channel and not through Likoni which was far,” Ismail Juma a Mtongwe resident said.
On Monday, Mombasa county security committee led by its chairman Evans Achoki, county police commander Johnstone Ipara, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich, visited the Mtongwe ferry crossing to assess the security situation.
The team assured the residents that security has been beefed up for the ferry users.
The Likoni channel is key in connecting the country to Tanzania through the Lunga Lunga highway.