There are no vehicles, in the taxi parks, yet even then, scores of travelers are seeking for transport means to move from one place, to another. But the heavy military presence in the area, has frightened even those, who would defy the presidential directive. The entire town is now soundless.
Passengers in Moroto are trekking
distances to get to various destinations as a ban on public transport goes
through its second day. All forms of public transport were banned for at least
14 days, as one of the measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus
Disease – COVID-19.
There are no vehicles, in the
taxi parks, yet even then, scores of travellers are seeking transport means
to move from one place to another. But the heavy military presence in the area
has frightened even those, who would defy the presidential directive. The
entire town is now soundless.
A few special hire vehicles are
using the ban to reap big, charging 100, 000 Shillings from Moroto to Namalu, a
six-fold increase from the usual 15,000 Shillings charge. However, Jeremy Logiel, a driver on the route says
many passengers cannot afford the cost and have since opted to walk.
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The major roads are now covered
by groups of women and men walking, albeit with no sight of their
destination. They are only hoping that at the end of the day, they will make
it. Samuel Okello and Jeremy Apurio, some of the people who walked long
distances to their destination told URN that they had no option but to walk in
order to avoid exorbitant charges.
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But a few others have postponed travel.
Zakias Sagal, another passenger destined for Nakapiripirit cancelled his
journey to stay with a relative until the directive is lifted.
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Earlier, police engaged with
bodaboda riders who attempted to work despite the ban on transporting humans.
The police mounted make-shift checkpoints along with the Moroto-Soroti Road rounding
up defiant riders, who were detained for a short time before their motorbikes
were taken to the police.
In Kotido, the Regional Traffic
Officer, AIP Wilson Tootika was seen warning taxi drivers against defying the
order. He said anyone who breaks the directives would be arrested and charged.