Business is slow for
taxi operators in Mukono district on day one of the resumption of public transport
following the 42-day lockdown announced by the president to contain the second
wave of COVID-19.
Dozens of taxi drivers
made it early to various stages expecting a big number of travellers. On Friday,
President, Yoweri Museveni authorized the resumption of public transport under
strict observance of standard operating procedures-SOPs to stop the further spread
He said that the public transporters would only be allowed to
carry half of their licensed capacity to ensure social distancing among
travellers. Ali Ssenkungu, a taxi driver playing the Kalagi- Mukono-Kampala route, told URN
that he only managed to pick up one passenger from Kalagi, which forced him to
park his vehicles.
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Jawadu Kalule, another taxi driver says that they have been forced to revert to
their old transport fares before the declaration of COVID-19 in the country but
this has not helped them to get passengers.
For instance, from Mukono to
Kampala, taxis are willing to charge Shillings 5000, Mukono to Lugazi Shillings
3000 and up to Jinja Shillings 8000. Kalule notes that many
drivers have been pressed by the lockdown yet they missed government relief
Kenneth Sserebe, another driver at Wantoni stage attributes low
passenger turnup to the partial opening of business areas in Kampala.