The operators say that since the first lockdown, cost of the fuel they consume for a particular route has been increasing, yet they cannot increase the fares beyond the current rates.
The numbers have also been affected by the changing lifestyle among Ugandans and economic structure of the country, among others, which have seen people reduce their reasons for travel.
At Lira main market, hand washing points have been installed at all main entrances but lack water, the traders and other people accessing the market do not wear masks. The situation is similar in other places like shops and supermarkets and the parks.
The planned registration according to the leaders seeks to protect local farmers in the district from harmful exploitation by middlemen who buy cheaply and resale the produces at abnormally high prices.