Hoima Drivers Hike Transport Fares Over Poor Roads

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Drivers in Hoima have hiked transport fare citing the poor state of roads in the area. The drivers say due to poor roads they are incurring more expenses on fuel, buying new tyres and general service of their vehicles.

Drivers in Hoima have hiked transport fare citing the poor state of roads in the area. The drivers say due to poor roads they are incurring more expenses on fuel, buying new tyres and general service of their vehicles.
 
Drivers that have hiked fares include those on Masindi road from 5000-7000 shillings, Hoima-Kyangwali from 10,000 -12,000 shillings and Hoima-Kigorobya 3000-4000 shillings.
 
Dennis Kwesiga, a driver on the Hoima-Kyangwali road says the road is so poor especially between Kabwoya and Kiziranfumbi trading centers.
 
He says the road is full of potholes and vehicles are breaking down day by day. The driver says as a result, he has added an extra 2,000 shillings on transport to cater for the cost of maintaining his vehicle.
 
Christopher Isingoma, another driver on the Hoima-Kigorobya road says although the road is undergoing repairs at the moment, the marrum that was dumped on the road make their work difficult.
 
Isingoma says they now use path ways in order to dodge the marrum and avoid their vehicles getting stuck in the mud. The driver says this is fuel-consuming and in order to cover the costs, they have added an extra of 1000 shillings.
 
Venancio Karubanga, the chairman Hoima United Drivers and Owners Association however says the hike in fares is not an agreed position by all drivers. He says because of a management vacuum in the park due to lack of a park contractor, drivers are just taking individual decisions.
 
Karubanga, however, supports the move to hike the fares citing the current inflation in the country coupled with the poor roads.
 
Julius Atuhairwe, a passenger on the Hoima-Kyangwali road says the issue of bad roads affects both drivers and passengers. She notes that it is not proper for drivers to only think of themselves as the only victims of poor roads.
 
But Engineer Jonathan Wazimbe, the Uganda National Roads Authority Hoima engineer calls on drivers to be patient saying most of the trunk roads will be worked on soon.
 
Wazimbe points out the Masindi and Hoima -Wanseko roads now under rehabilitation adding that the work on Hoima-Kagadi road is to commence soon.