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Moroto Residents Opt to Trek Distances in the Absence of Public Transport

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.
27 Mar 2020 13:10

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Passengers in Moroto are trekking distances to get to various destinations as a ban on public transport goes through its second day. All forms of public transport were banned for at least 14 days, as one of the measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus Disease – COVID-19.  

There are no vehicles, in the taxi parks, yet even then, scores of travellers are seeking 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.  

A few special hire vehicles are using the ban to reap big, charging 100, 000 Shillings from Moroto to Namalu, a six-fold increase from the usual 15,000 Shillings charge.  However, Jeremy Logiel, a driver on the route says many passengers cannot afford the cost and have since opted to walk.  

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The major roads are now covered by groups of women and men walking, albeit with no sight of their destination. They are only hoping that at the end of the day, they will make it. Samuel Okello and Jeremy Apurio, some of the people who walked long distances to their destination told URN that they had no option but to walk in order to avoid exorbitant charges.  

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But a few others have postponed travel. Zakias Sagal, another passenger destined for Nakapiripirit cancelled his journey to stay with a relative until the directive is lifted.  

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Earlier, police engaged with bodaboda riders who attempted to work despite the ban on transporting humans. The police mounted make-shift checkpoints along with the Moroto-Soroti Road rounding up defiant riders, who were detained for a short time before their motorbikes were taken to the police.  

In Kotido, the Regional Traffic Officer, AIP Wilson Tootika was seen warning taxi drivers against defying the order. He said anyone who breaks the directives would be arrested and charged.