Bus companies in Kabale have doubled the fares following the resumption of public
Buses and taxis
resumed operations today, 42 days after President Yoweri Museveni suspended
public transport to contain the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday while reopening public
transport, Museveni said that the buses and taxis should carry half of their
capacity to ensure physical distancing and also ensure that each traveller has
a face mask.
In Kabale, Bus
companies that include Gate Way, Jaguar, Jussy, Baby Coach, Horizon, Platinum
and Mash Poa met on Sunday and agreed to double the rates.
Kabale to Kampala has doubled to 60,000 Shillings from 30,000 Shillings, Kabale
to Mbarara is now shillings 30,000 from 15,000. Kabale to
Kisoro is shillings 30,000 from 10,000, Kabale-Katuna is now shillings
10,000 from 4,000.
is now 30,000 from 15,000 Shillings. From the Kabale to the Uganda-Rwanda border of
Kamwezi costs 20,000 shillings from 7,000. From Kabale to Rubanda is now 10,000 from
Tukamushaba, the Secretary-General of Kabale Taxi and Bus Park Operators
Association says attributed the increase of transport fares to the presidential
directives. He says the fare will enable the bus operators to compensate for
the empty seats as they comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures.
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When Uganda Radio
Network reporter visited Kisoro Taxi Park commonly known as Esso Mosque, there
was no observance of the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs. There was no hand washing facility, some passengers,
taxi drivers and touts were also not wearing masks.
Tindyebwa, the Chairperson for Kabale Bus Park Operators Association, says that
they have informed bus companies that their respective offices at the park should have hand washing facilities and each bus should have sanitizers
for the passengers.
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alias Yubican, a tout at Gate Way Bus company in Kabale says that they will
attempt to observe all the guidelines.