Passengers unhappy with Government Silence on Increased Transport fares

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People traveling to Mbarara and Bushenyi to celebrate Easter have accused government of playing a passive roll every festive season, when bus owners rip them off their money in increased transport fares.

Travelers complained after transporters on the route hiked their fares to more than double. Abel Turyahikayo, a traveler to Kabale said the increment in transport fares was a penalty for traveling Up-country.

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Bus companies plying the Western route from Qualicell bus terminal increased the fare from Kampala to Mbarara from 15,000 shillings to 30,000 shillings. Ibabu coach increased its fares to Kyotera from 8,000 shillings to 15,000 shillings.

Jussy coach was charging 25,000 shillings to Mbarara while Link coaches were charging 30,000. Bismakhan coaches increased the fare Kampala to Kisoro from 25,000 shillings to 30,000 shillings.

As a result of an increment in transport fares, some travelers were stranded. Julian Tukahebwa a student at Butabika school of Nursing found was unable to travel to Mbarara because she did not have enough money.

Tukahebwa said she would wait for buses charging less transport or return to school if she fails to get one.

Fred Tayebwa a matooke vendor in Mulago abandoned his plans to travel to Ibanda for the Easter holiday when he got to the bus park and found the fares hiked.

Managers of bus companies justified the increment with the big number of people traveling Up-country yet fewer are returning to Kampala.

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However bus companies plying the West Nile route retained their normal transport fare.

Swaib Drabule a booking officer with Bakulu coaches at Arua Park said they could not increase the fare due to stiff competition between Nile coaches, White coaches, Gaagaa and Bakula