Fares by Link Bus Co to medium destinations like Hoima, Masindi and Mubende doubled to Ushs 40,000, while tickets to Fort Portal and Kasese went up to Ushs 70,000 respectively, according to price lists displayed at their offices.
Alex Muhwezi, the Manager Global Bus Kampala Terminal says they had to drive empty buses from upcountry to Kampala to pick up people, hence the increment in fares.
Alima Komuhangi says middle men only come and tell them that the prices have gone down without giving them any explanation. The farmer who also buys fresh cocoa from other farmers for resale asks the government to intervene and stabilize the prices.
Shenah Nkinzi, a student from Bishop Secondary School, says that their parents had just returned them to school and used all the money, saying that they are struggling to find means of picking them from school.
Chantal Mawazo, the Director general of Alimentations du Kivu (Food supplies of Kivu ) and promoter of the Foundation Amour pour Mon Pays et pour le Prochain (Love for My Country and for Neighbor), a non-government organization in DR Congo says that the economic consequences of the volcanic eruptions of Nyiragongo are incalculable.