On Friday, the Ministry of Health lifted the ban on public transport in Arua, four months after it was banned following the outbreak of COVID-19. Richard Ekulu the RPC West Nile who led the inspection of all bus terminals and taxi parks warned the operators to avoid making stopovers in un-gazetted places.
Christopher Barugahare, the West Nile Region Police Commander, said they won’t comprise on the President’s directive, saying the officers are under instructions to confront whoever acts to the contrary.
By press time, heavily armed police and the military were still patrolling the bus terminals that include Buganda Pub stage; Delta Stage and Juba Stage along Gulu – Kampala highway as wells as Gulu bus main park where buses that depart at 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm and 12:00 pm always park.
The meeting was convened amidst a strike which paralyzed public transport in Kampala as taxi drivers led by members of the National Union of Drivers, Cyclists and Allied Workers (NUDCAW) kept their cars off the streets to protest the alleged harassment and extortion by KCCA workers.