Caroline Apalat, a booking Clerk for Gogolon Transporters Ltd that plies the Kampala-Moroto route via Mbale, Kumi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda says several passengers who booked cancelled their Thursday trip forcing them to charge the initial rates.
operators in Kampala on Thursday did not hike the charges they have proposed
for passengers traveling to different destinations across the country.
operators through their umbrella body, the Uganda Bus Owners Association – UBOA
announced a raise in the transport fares on Wednesday, citing high fuel prices and
Covid-19 rules restricting them to carry passengers at half capacity.
Nsimire, the Association’s Acting Chairman issued a circular to passengers confirming
that the operators reviewed the bus fares’ for their fleets that ply Northern,
Eastern and Western routes effective 2nd December 2021.
Apalat, a booking Clerk for Gogolon Transporters Ltd that plies the
Kampala-Moroto route via Mbale, Kumi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda says several
passengers who booked cancelled their Thursday trip forcing them to charge the
explains that before the hike, a passenger would pay from Kampala to Soroti
40,000 shillings; Kampala-Kumi 35,000; Kampala - Mbale 25,000 and Kampala -
Moroto 60,000 Shillings considered normal fares, but the charges have increased
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Mansur Taban, an official with El-Shadai Bus Company that plies Kampala-Gulu
and Lira on the Northern route says the passengers’ responses towards the new
fares have been negative with disregard to the social distancing rules and fuel
prices that has affected their services.
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Company, a Kitgum bound bus from Namayiba Bus Terminal failed to charge
passengers the new rates. Brian Ocen, a passenger who had booked the bus
said he naively paid 65,000 instead of 50,000 shillings which other passengers
negotiated and paid.
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Ayenyo, 54, a businesswoman, cancelled her trip to Gulu, and only loaded her
merchandise saying the charges were too high and detrimental to her business.
Several other passengers were left stranded at Kisenyi, Arua Park and Namayiba
bus terminals over the new charges.
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addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Thursday, Gen. Edward
Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport directed the bus companies
to suspend the new charges.
asked the Bus owners to first write to his office, and explain the reasons why
they have decided to increase the fares for public transport. He proposed a
meeting with operators on Monday next week to agree on whether to increase the
transport fares or not.
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