James Onono Ojok, the Assistant Public Relations Officer of Gulu University, says that they have offered two buses of 67-seater capacity to pick up students from Makerere University and those stranded at Namayiba Bus Terminal in Kampala.
Gulu University, Ker Kwaro Acholi, the Acholi cultural
institution and Guruguru Fraternity, a loose coalition of friends and business
associates have dispatched four buses to rescue students trapped in Kampala
following a spike in public transport fares.
Hundreds of students are struggling to travel back
home following the closure of schools for 42 days as part of the measures to
contain the spread of the second wave of the global Coronavirus Disease –
On Sunday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
ordered the closure of all educational institutions, places of worship and
suspended the public transport systems to combat the spread of the virus.
Cumulatively, the virus has infected up to 53,961 people and killed 383 others.
The President’s directive, which took immediate
effect on Monday, caused anxiety and panic in the public fearing that he could
announce a total lockdown. As a result, hundreds of people decided to travel upcountry. This forced transporters to hike fares to make quick profits, which
has affected learners returning home.
James Onono Ojok, the Assistant Public Relations Officer of
Gulu University, says that they have offered two buses of 67-seater capacity to
pick up students from Makerere University and those stranded at Namayiba Bus
Terminal in Kampala.
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Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, Ambrose Olaa,
the Prime Minister of Kwer Kwaro Acholi revealed that swift mobilization by the
partners was a good gesture towards saving humanity and ensure the safety of
students from the prevailing situation.
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On Monday morning, buses were charging each
passenger 60,000 Shillings from Kampala to Gulu and 80,000 from Kampala to
Kitgum. By evening, the fares had increased from Shillings 60,000 to Shillings 80,000
and Shillings 80,000 to Shillings 100,000 from Kampala to Gulu and Kitgum
Today, the bus companies further hiked fares and
each passenger was being charged 100,000 from Kampala to Gulu and 150,000
Shillings from Kampala to Kitgum as the travellers struggle to beat the stoppage
deadline of public transport operations on Wednesday 10.
On Tuesday evening, Dr. Diana Atwine, the
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary announced that the Government has
suspended the curfew restriction for all buses and taxis till Thursday, June
10th to allow transportation of students and other passengers trapped by the
current transport crisis.