Bus and Taxi
operators Gulu City have registered low passenger turn-up as public transport
resumed after 42 days.
At the several
buses and taxi parks visited by URN reporters, buses and taxis were still
parked with no passengers.
At Lamogi Ber Bus Terminal previously four buses would usually leave for
Kampala City between mid-day and 2:00 p.m. but on Monday only two buses had
George Oceng, the Manager Pacific Bus says that their bus should have left for
Kampala City by 10:00 a.m. but until mid-day they had less than ten passengers
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At Pakwach Stage, Michael Acaye who plies the West Nile route through the
Nwoya, Karuma, Pakwach, Nebbi and Arua districts said that out of their ten
taxis scheduled for Monday`s route only two had left by mid-day due to few
Similarly, Vincent Otema who plies the Gulu-Kamdini-Lira route said they
registered a very low turn-up of customers.
However, Denis Okello, a driver who plies the Acet-Awere-Puranga-Pader-Kalongo
and Abim districts route says that they had moderately good numbers of
customers and three taxis had left by mid-day.
He attributed the good turn-up to farmers who were going to check their gardens
that they had abandoned during the lockdown.
URN also established that the buses and taxi operators have maintained the
fares as it was before the second lockdown was imposed and were adhering to the
COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the health ministry`s
On Friday last week, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni lifted the ban on public
transport which was imposed in mid-June following a spike in COVID-19
infections and deaths in the country.
He directed the buses and taxi operators to carry passengers at half capacity.