Kanonya says that all taxi drivers, loaders, brokers at the terminal must sanitize while each driver must have proof that they have a sanitiser for passengers before accessing the park. He adds that any driver who will be found loading passengers without a sanitiser will be fined up to 100, 000 Shillings.
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.
Paul Omongin, the chairperson of Serere Drivers Association says only six taxis from Kagwara, Kamod, Pingire, Serere town and Ochapa had arrived to town in the morning. He explains that many passengers are finding it hard to cope with the new rates.
Robert Ssekyanzi the Chairperson of Luweero Boda Boda Riders’ Association says that although President Museveni allowed them to transport cargo, he used to spend days with no client which forced him to resort to farming till restriction on movement is lifted.
The drivers under their umbrella body, Kasese Taxi Operators Saving and Credit Scheme have been saving an average of 15,000 Shillings per day to cater for emergencies. These include accidents, sickness, loss of relatives, and payment for traffic charges, among others.
Our reporter placed an order on WhatsApp through Deo Twikiriize, the team leader Nakawa Market Online Store. He explained to URN that he was working with several vendors in the market to supply him with goods on order.
Male, who is living a simple life at his home in Kawempe, says he has for some time been trying to expose fraudulent preachers who claim to have supernatural powers to offer financial blessings, physical well-being and healing among their flock in exchange for material benefits in vain.
The suspects were apprehended following ongoing operation in the eight districts of Acholi to implement the 14 days’ Presidential directives banning movement of buses, taxis and boda-bodas to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion.
There are no vehicles, in the taxi parks, yet even then, scores of travelers are seeking for transport means to move from one place, to another. But the heavy military presence in the area, has frightened even those, who would defy the presidential directive. The entire town is now soundless.
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.
Kira Municipal Town Clerk Benon Yiga stresses that over time, they have focused on short term interventions like road maintenance and filling potholes. Yiga says that the municipality will now embark on the installation of traffic lights to guide traffic flow on top of widening all the major roads linking the municipality to Kampala.
Esau Kansiime, a resident of Namugongo destined for Kabaale, says although he wanted to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with his family, he couldn't afford to travel during the peak of the season due to among other things the hire transport fares.
Joshua Zilyawulamu Sseligo, the Operations Manager Pioneer Easy Bus Company, says they would like to revamp the terms of the Private Public Partnership contract they signed with KCCA to improve their operations in the city.
Kampala metropolitan area alone is estimated to have between 50,000-80,000 motorcycles as travelers opt for them over public service vans and buses. Several travelers say bodabodas are fast and convenient because they easily stroll through Kampalas bumper-to-bumper traffic and potholed roads.