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.
Long-distance bus fares have doubled as people flock the bus
stations to travel upcountry.
This follows the Sunday night announcement by president
Yoweri Museveni, of new Covid 19 containment measures.
The president said passenger transport between or through
districts would be banned starting June 10 (after all learners in from schools/institutions have returned home) to limit the number of people
crisscrossing the country, in the hope that this would reduce transmission
Exception was only given to Kampala Metropolitan Area that
consists of Kampala city, Mukono and Wakiso Districts.
The demand for transport was heightened by the closure of
schools effective Monday 7, meaning that some 5 million children countrywide
were sent home.
With no particular activity planned for the children, many
opted to go to their upcountry homes to avoid both obvious and unforeseeable effects
of the measures on their lives.
Others expected the cost of living to rise especially if the
supply of food was interrupted.
By midday all bus terminals and taxi parks around Kampala
were swarmed with intending travelers, while some stages were filled with stranded
Buses like Global, Kalita and Link doubled the fares to
“Following the Presidential announcement on the suspension
of Public Transport Travel (Buses) effective Thursday 10/June/2021, and given
the fact that our buses will be returning from upcountry with no customers, for
us to continue serving the people in this difficult time while observing SOPs, we have
adjusted our Fares,” said Kayemba John, a Manager at Link Bus Company.
Fares by Link buses 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, according to price lists displayed
at their offices.
Kayemba says the fares from upcountry stations to Kampala
Fares to Mbarara have risen to 50,000.
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.
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Johnson Asiimwe, a supervisor with Gateway Bus Company says
they want to negotiate with authorities to see if they can extend the deadline
so that more people find their way out of the cities.
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He says that if the daily number of the passengers elsewhere increases, they may have to deploy buses from other routes, because
the Western Routes seem to have far more demand than those to other parts of the country.
Sharita Hamidu, the manager of Gateway Bakuli Terminal says that
during the shutdown period, most of the people who have been deployed to handle
the current situation, will be redundant, yet they will have to be maintained, adding that the increment in fares is also because of the Standard Operating Procedures set by the authorities.
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On the contrary, taxi operators had not yet increased the fares, saying it was not necessary yet.