26 February 2013

Uganda: Trouble As Pioneer Bus Halts Work

Kampala — Recently, Pioneer Easy Buses, a company providing cheap transport means within Kampala City were impounded.

Uganda Revenue Authority is demanding tax amounting to Ush 8billion ($2,968,160).

Passengers in areas around Kampala are feeling the pinch as motorcyclists and taxi drivers have hiked the fares.

Passengers were paying about -$0.10 -$0.55 (Ush500- 1500) within and out of the city. Now, taxis charge twice the normal amount.

Passengers are sometimes left stranded on road sides due to the exorbitant fares.

"These buses have been helping us to reduce on transport costs, and cut on the jam in this busy city but now these taxis are charging high fares making. Some of us opt to walking home sometimes," Amos Mubiru a resident of Nakawa, a Kampala surburb said.

"With the pioneer buses I would spend only about shs3,000 ($1.10) on transportation in a day from Kampala to Mukono and vice versa, but that same journey now costs me shs6000 ($2.30)," Mubiru explains further

Pioneer buses have been in operation for little more than a year and were very popular with coty commutters.

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