Elimu Asilia

Kenya's Indigenous Knowledge

The Suba people are highly mobile, moving throughout the Lake Victoria region fishing and trading. Subaland is served by various modes of transport including boats, ferries, ships bicycles, boda boda, donkeys and light aeroplanes.

Water transport is the main mode of transport, and in addition there are roads serving the area.

Source: Elimu Asilia workshop in April 2015 at Mbita Jetty

Water Transport in Subaland

The Abasuba arrived in Subaland using canoes. Subsequently, they developed and acquired other forms of water vessels because Subaland is surrounded by water. Mbita Ferries are the main modern means of transport in the Nyanza Gulf.

Source: Elimu Asilia workshop in April 2015 at Mbita

Road Transport


 

There is a road that cycles Mfangano Island. The Mbita-Rusinga causeway connects Mbita Town on the mainland and Rusinga Island. Gwassi area is served by dry weather roads. 

On 2nd February, 2007, the first car was driven in Mfangano Island by Hon. Simeon Nyachae MP., the then Minister for Roads and Public Services and today a few more cars ply the island.

Donkeys are a popular mode of transport in Subaland. Today there are boda boda motorcycles and bicycles and hiking on foot is also a common phenomenon in the area.

Source: Elimu Asilia workshop in April 2015 at Mbita

 

Air Transport in Subaland

Subaland canbe accessed using light aircrafts. There are airstrips in Rusinga, Mfangano and Ruma National Park. The grass airstrip at Sena Beach on Mfangano Island is ca. 1,200m and is popular with small aeroplanes.

 Source: Elimu Asilia workshop in April 2015 at Mbita