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Taxi Drivers from Border Districts Using Porous Routes to Operate

Some drivers from Ntungamo, Rukungiri and Isingiro have devised ways of defying the ban by using routes commonly known as panya.
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Taxi drivers from the Border districts have resorted to using porous routes to operate.

President Yoweri Museveni suspended the use of all public means of transport including Boda Boda, Taxi and buses, in 40 border districts to curtail the spread of Corona Virus. Some of these districts include Isingiro, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, and Rubirizi among others.

However, some drivers from Ntungamo, Rukungiri and Isingiro have devised ways of defying the ban by using routes commonly known as panya.

Julius Tushabe, the Officer in Charge of Traffic Isingiro district, says that the porous routes are common in the area. He, however, says that they have tasked officers to start patrols and apprehend those defying the guidelines.

//Cue in: “actually we have…

Cue out: …in those shortcuts.”//

Herbert Muhangi, the Isingiro Resident District Commissioner, says that all the porous routes are now known to security and whoever caught will be charged.

//Cue in: “kureka abantu nibakira…

Cue out: …health na president.”//

Milton Kahtsi, chairperson Mbarara Taxi Park, said that most drivers from Isingiro dodge security checkpoints and use shortcuts to get to Mbarara.

He said drivers from Isingiro use Mwizi, Rwentango, Kyera and Kakoba routes and those from Ntungamo and Rukungiri cross to Mitooma and use the Ishaka Bushenyi road to access Mbarara.

//Cue in: “bwoba ovude ekaberebere… 

Cue out: …security mutuyambe kwekyo.”//

A driver from Isingiro who preferred anonymity says that he is forced to use the porous routes to make some money and look after his family.

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