Speaking at the public transport symposium organized by the School of Public Health at Hotel Africana, Ivan Mwondha from the World Bank said that since 2012, they have been in talks with the government to implement the Rapid Bus Transport but the process is delayed due to lack of an authority for Public Transport.
Ordinary motorists in Kampala had predicted that by the start of August, a litre of petrol could be selling at well over 7,000 Shillings based on the rate of daily increases then. Between June 20 and July 20, for example, the petrol of fuel had risen from 6,000 to 6,500 Shillings, but has since then risen by just about 50 Shillings.
Rough and informal estimates show that vehicular traffic in Kampala and indeed all Ugandan roads could have dropped by about half over the last two to three months as fuel prices reached unbearable levels for many. Over the period, the cost of petrol rose from 3,700 to more than 6,500 today at pump stations in and around Kampala, but significantly higher in the more rural areas.
In its proposal, the government wanted to impose a tax of 40 per cent of 40,000 Shillings per kilogram of sacks and bags of polymers of ethylene and other plastics. However, the government provided an exception on vacuum packaging bags for food, juices, tea and coffee sacks and bags for direct use in the manufacture of sanitary pads