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PHOTOS: Passengers Stuck As Bus Fares Rise

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At Kisenyi Bus Terminal this morning, passengers have been sighted in long queues clearing for bus tickets yet by that time, almost all the buses were already full.


Fares from Kampala to Mbarara, the route with most passengers, range between Shs 25,000 to Shs 50,000 depending on the bus company one opts to board.


Global coaches charge Shs 30,000 to Shs 40,000 from Shs 25,000.

Global coaches are the newest and “most efficient” buses on the scene

Lawrence Nakahebwa, a representative from this company, remarks “in the last few days, people had not turned up well to travel but starting from yesterday at around 7.30pm, the number has been tripled which has forced us to recall all the buses from Mbarara to come to Kampala without passengers as measure of reducing on the number of people on their waiting list”.


Savannah coaches have been charging Shs 50,000 to Mbarara, Rukungiri Shs 50,000 to Shs 60,000 while going to Kihihi, one needs to have Shs 70,000 cash.

Swift Safari coaches charge between Shs 30,000 to Shs 40,000, Kabale Shs 55,000 and Kisoro Shs 60,000 to Shs 650,000 depending on your negotiation skills.


Mewa coaches heading to Gulu have been charging the usual fares of Shs 25,000 per passenger heading to Gulu.


The price has been maintained because passengers going to Gulu are not as many as those heading to other destinations.


Kalita coaches taking the Kasese-Fort Portal route charge Shs 40,000 from Shs 20,000 which they have been charging.

Kalita executive buses ferry Kasese, Mubende and Fort Portal passengers

According to one of the officials at Nakivubo bus terminal, they have tried to ferry the passengers in time although some of those who have booked have to wait for a while as most of the buses from Kasese need servicing first.


At the Horizon bus terminal, the former Qualicel bus terminal, people heading to upcountry areas are very many and security checks have been doubled at every entrance.


Link Coaches are charging Shs 40,000 to Fort Portal and Kasese from Shs 25,000 while Mubende is Shs 30,000.


Link coaches heading to Masindi, Nakitooma, Mijeera have raised the fares from Shs 15,000 to Shs 20,000.


Lim and Zahura coaches heading to Kagadi are charging Shs 40,000 from Shs 25,000 which they always charge in normal situations.


Coasters to Mbale are charging around Shs 20,000 to Shs 25,000 while Y.Y coaches had not increased the fares since they have been charging Shs 15,000 as in normal days.


The demand for Y.Y coaches is so high and only the muscular passengers can get into them.


In the Kisenyi Taxi Park, Coasters heading to Masaka have been charging Shs 20,000 for all those heading to Kyotera, Rakai, Kalisizo and Bukomansimbi.


According to Matiya Mugenyi, the chairman for Masaka coaster stage, this year, the turn up for the people using their means has not improved compared to the previous festive seasons.


Travelling by a taxi to Mityana costs Shs 10,000 from Shs 6,000, Kiwawu Shs 7,000 from Shs 4,000, Mubende Shs 20,000 from Shs 12,000.


Using a taxi to Mutukula boarder now costs you Shs 30,000 from Shs 20,000, the fixed price in normal days.


On Mubende stage heading to Kyegegwa it has been Shs 13, 000 but it has raised up to Shs 25,000, Mubende Shs 10,000 from Shs 8,000.

Swift Safari bus enters the terminal to pick more passengers

Coasters heading to Jinja, in the old taxi park, have been charging Shs 10,000 from Shs 6,000, while taxis to Iganga are charging Shs 15,000 from Shs 8,000.


Thousands of passengers are still stranded in the various parks trying to haggle their way home.

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