Eastern Public Transporters Hike Fares

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He says they are receiving a good turn-over of travelers to up country area.

Transport fares to upcountry destinations have shot up as people rush to celebrate Easter. Operators on some of the routes have doubled their fares. Yasin Musa, a conductor of Gate way Bus Company that plies majorly on eastern routes attributes the sharp increase to the high number of travelers. He says they are receiving a good turn-over of travelers to up country area.

By Friday evening transport from Mbale to Kampala had increased from 15, 000 to 25, 000 shillings, while transport from Mbale to Soroti had increased from 10, 000 to 15,000 shillings. Passengers from Mbale have to part with 12,000 to get to Bududa which was at only 6, 000 shillings. Charges to Tororo and Busia rose to 10,000 from 6,000 shillings and 15, 000 from 10, 000 shillings respectively.

Jinja fares have shot up from sh10, 000 to sh15,000 while Mbale to Lira rose from 15, 000 to 25, 000 shillings. Fares to Gulu have risen from sh35, 000 to 45,000 shillings. Dan Akiseng, a conductor in Teso Coach Bus Company that plies the Eastern Uganda route says the fare is expected to remain like that up to end of Easter celebrations.

Steven Olopot, a traveler from Soroti to Kampala was irked by the changes in transport costs. He accused the bus and taxi owners of being unfair to travelers. According to Oplot there is no genuine reason for the increase. Opolot wants government through the Transport and Road Ministry to intervene and regulate transport fare across the country.


About the author

Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.