In an update through the Anti-corruption tweeter handle on what transpired in the meeting that was convened to harmonize on how students and citizens will be refunded their money, Nakalema has directed that companies that extorted money refund it within seven days.
The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit
of State House Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, has directed bus operators who had
collected money from students that were meant to travel with their companies
upcountry and never received the service to refund it to them.
Nakalema raided bus parks in Kampala
where she arrested and also stopped bus operators from hiking transport fares
to the upcountry travelers on June 8.
In an update through the Anti-corruption
tweeter handle on what transpired in the meeting that was convened to harmonize
on how students and citizens will be refunded their money, Nakalema has
directed that companies that extorted money refund it within seven days.
The meeting that was chaired by
Col. Nakalema was attended by the ministry of works and transport and the bus
companies’ leaders who all agreed on the decision to refund the money.
Nakalema wants bus owners to refund
their passengers by a deadline of June 18, 2021, saying that they will be
working with the RDCs to ensure that the affected passengers that include
students who paid and never used the bus companies they paid to travel back get
According to the tweeter handle, the
Anti-Corruption Unit of state house will work with the RDCs using the regional
radio stations to notify all passengers who had paid but were not
transported to pick their refunds from district headquarters.
On his part the chairman Uganda Allied Bus
Owners Association Solomon Nsimire, apologized for the mistake and vowed to collaborate
with the government towards recovering the money from the bus companies that
will be found culpable.
Nsimire who was not able to tell how
many companies were involved in the practice says they are yet to establish
which companies these are from among the over 150 companies they
He however, says his worry is on
verification of the tickets that were issued by the bus companies.
//cue in;’’Oli bwaba yabukinga…
Nsimire also indicates that the
issue of refunding money to the passengers who were transported by these bus
companies but were overcharged cannot be effected in case it is proposed.
He defends his position by saying
that buses find it hard to operate on one way route and they had to recover this
fuel of the return journey through an extra charge though he admits that some
Meanwhile Nsimire says his office
has so far not received any complaint from any passenger about being charged
and failing to receive the service by a bus company despite not disputing the
fact that passengers suffered extortion.