Fares on the Western route have seen daily increment head of Christmas. For instance, Kampala -Mbarara went up from 30,000 to Shillings 40,000 shillings while Kampala to Kabale soared from Shillings 50,000 to 80,000.
Crsis of Transport Means Hit Kampala Following an Increase in The Number of Travelers Going For Festive Season Up Country. Most Buses are Fully Booked Two Days Ahead of Schedule
temporary bus terminal has set up in Kamwokya for travelers going for Christmas
festivities in Western Uganda. The terminal located on Kifumbira road in
Kifumbira Cell off Mawanda Road operates using hired school buses.
businessmen behind the terminal say they set it up to provide cheap alternative
means of transport to travelers going to the region. Danison Iragaba, one of the
businessmen told URN that the terminal operates between December 20th and 24th
for later travelers.
says the terminal that operates during Christmas each year was set up in
response to abnormal rise in public fares on the route. Iragaba says they charge a flat rate of Shillings
50,000 to Kabale, Kisoro and Busenyi districts – the furthest destinations
along the Kampala Western route.
on the Western route have seen daily increment head of Christmas. For instance,
Kampala -Mbarara went up from 30,000 to Shillings 40,000 shillings while
Kampala to Kabale soared from Shillings 50,000 to 80,000. Uganda Radio Network visited the terminal and found
three school buses loading travelers to Kabale, Kisoro and Busenyi.
on condition of anonymity, one of the drivers said they will spend the entire
night traveling. He said the terminal, which only operates during the Christmas
festivities started two years ago.
boarding from the un-gazetted terminal, say they are directed by booking clerks
in some of the terminals in the city. Peter Mfitumukiza, a resident of
Entebbe, said the existence of the terminal persuaded him to travel for
Christmas to Western Uganda after giving up over the increased bus fares.
“It is the first time I am traveling. But I was
told by colleagues that I would find a cheaper means. I decided to come and see
if it truly exists. And I was asked to pay just Shillings 50,000 to Busenyi”,
he stated with a smile on his face.
Some of the passengers arrived on Boda
bodas who earned small commissions for their work. They came with bags,
mattresses and household items.