Commissioning ceremony of wagon ferry Uhuru held at Kisumu on 17 October 1966.
The finance for the construction of Uhuru and her sister vessel umoja was provided by the British Government under an E.C.G.D. Loan for £2.05 million negotiated in 1963.
The honor of naming the new vessel went to Tanzania's Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health Hon Lucy Lameck, M.P., M.L.A., who named her "Uhuru".
Towards the end of the ceremony, the Mwanza registered m.v. Uhuru was blessed by the Reverend Julius Adoyo of Kisumu who did the same to m.v. Umoja
Among the many important guests at the ceremony were the three East African Ministers of Communications, the Hon. Ngala Mwendwa (Kenya), the Hon. J. M. Lusinde (Tanzania) and the Hon. W. W. Kalema (Uganda).
They were accompanied by Mrs. Kalema and Mrs. Mwendwa both of whom, together with Hon Lucy Lameck played leading roles in the actual ceremony.
Also present were the General Manager of the E.A.R. & H., Dr. E. N. Gakuo; other senior Railways Officials; Sir Edward Peck, the British High Commissioner in Kenya and Lady Peck; the Secretary General of E.A.C.S.O., Mr. Dunstan Omari; the Mayor of Kisumu, Mrs. Grace Onyango and the Provincial Commissioner, Nyanza, Mr. Charles Murgor.
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