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Transport fares shoot up ahead of Christmas

Transport fares from Kampala to different parts of the country have shot up three days to Christmas Day.

Transport fares from Kampala to different parts of the country have shot up three days to Christmas Day.

A survey conducted by Kikubolane.com shows that some bus companies have increased the fares by UGX20,000 – 35,000

For instance, Global Bus Company limited, which plies Kampala-Mbarara, has increased fares from UGX30,000 to UGX. 55,000, while transport via buses such as Honest, which ply the Kampala-Rukungiri-Kabale routes have increased fares from about UGX. 55,000 to UGX. 85,000.

Bus operators plying the Mbale-Kampala route have increased the fares from Shs25,000 to UGX. 45000.

Saturday Muhwezi, the manager of the Kisenyi bus terminal justifies the increment, saying it is meant to cater for the hiked fuel prices.

According to Muhwezi, business is low because many people moved to the villages due to the lockdown and have never returned to the city.

He reveals that there is only a 15 percent passenger flow compared to the period before the lockdown where the operators could hire buses from the government to carry excess travelers during Christmas festivities.

James Ogwang, the operations manager of YY coaches and Courier Services, says that, unlike the past season, they have also increased fares to all destinations by UGX. 5000 because of increased fuel prices.

James Okuku, the manager of Divine coaches, says that they increased the fares between UGX. 5000 and UGX. 10,000 in line with a directive from Uganda Bus Owners Association (UBOA).

He however says that they are currently transporting more cargo compared to passengers because of the school closure.

Geoffery Mawadri from Nile Star Trade Link says that they have increased the fares from Kampala to Arua from UGX.60,000 to UGX. 70,000 and Kampala to Gulu from UGX45,000 to UGX50,000 and 55000 to 60000 in pick hours.

He attributes the increment to high fuel and maintenance costs for their coaches.

Apollo Bashambo, a cashier of Baby Coaches along Bombo road says that they have also hiked their fares from Kampala to Yumbe from UGX. 60,000 to UGX.70,000, Kampala to Koboko UGX55,000 to UGX.60,000 and Kampala Paidah UGX. 40,000 to UGX. 50,000.

Christopher Muyise, a driver at the Fort Portal stage in the new taxi park, says that they have increased the fares from Kampala to Fort Portal from UGX50,000 to Shs.60,000.

Twaha Ssali, a driver at Masaka costa stage in the new taxi park says due to the limited number of travelers, they have not revised their fares. They are charging Shs.20,000 from Kampala to Masaka.

Rosebud Nambayo, who was traveling to Kadama in the Kibuku district, said the increased transport fare will leave them without money since businesses are down

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