CHAOS AT KAMPALA BUS TERMINAL FLOODED BY FESTIVE SEASON TRAVELLERS

By Samuel Balagadde

KAMPALA, There has been unprecedented choas at Kampala's major bus terminals as passengers travelling to destinations throughout the country for the year-end festive season outnumber the number of seats available in licensed public service vehicles.

Passengers are being forced to pay fares in advance even though some of the buses they are booked to travel in are still 100 kilometres away from Kampala, causing commotion at bus terminals.

Joseph Masaba, a businessman in Mbale, was found at the Qualicel bus terminal on Tuesday afternoon stranded with merchandise he had bought in Kampala.

“We are stranded here in the park with no buses to take us despite the increased fares by between 5,000 and 10,000 shillings (about 1.50 to 3.0 US dollars). The merchandise I am carrying is for sale for Christmas but the time is runnig out,” said Masaba.

Edward Kiyimba, operations manager with YY Coaches plying the Kampala-Mbale route, said the big numbers of passengers was always expected during the festive season and was caused by people opting to travel close to Christmas.

Source: NEW VISION

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