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Passengers stranded as Police Impounds Buses

Ensinikweri explained that the buses would only be released after their owners pay a fine of 50,000 shillings.

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Police has impounded two buses in Kabale town leaving more than 100 Kampala bound travelers stranded. The Horizon coach bus number UAM 324F and Kibungo bus number UAL830, were impounded by police after they were found loading passengers outside the bus park. Michael Ensinikweri, the traffic officer Kabale district says that they impounded the buses because their operators refused to adhere to a directive from the municipal council not to load outside the park.

 

He says that the decision to bar the buses from loading outside the park was reached to reduce on congestion and avoid accidents. Ensinikweri explained that the buses would only be released after their owners pay a fine of 50,000 shillings. He accuses some of the bus owners of bending the law in the name of doing business, which he said will not be tolerated.

 

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Flavia Kanagizi, the proprietor of Kibungo Coaches told URN that they decided to load on the streets because of the mud inside the bus park, which has forced travelers to shy away.

She says that the municipality should have given them sufficient notice on outside loading instead of impounding their buses unfairly.

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The decision by police to impound the buses drew angry reactions from travelers, some of whom had already boarded the buses enroute to Kampala. Odomaro Byamugisha, one of the passengers aboard Kibungo bus said that it was unfortunate that the bus owner declined to pay the fine living them stranded.

 

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Faith Tukamushaba, another passenger had no kind words from the bus operators. Tukamushaba said it was wrong for the operators to refuse to refund their money, yet they were only victims of circumstances. By the time of filing this story, the passengers were still stranded as the bus operators had refused to pay the 50,000 shillings fine, insisting that the buses be released to them unconditionally.