Discontent Over Reorganisation of Buses

2016 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
Silaj Jamal, a bus operator in Namayiba bus terminal says the changes are only confusing passengers. He notes that some of the bus operators have already abandoned the system and gone back to their original homes.

There is discontent among bus operators as the Transport Licensing Board-TLB moves to reorganise bus operations. On December 1, 2016, TLB ordered buses plying the Western and Southern routes to relocate to Kisenyi Bus Terminal.



It also ordered buses heading to mid-Western, Northern, West Nile and interstate regions were supposed to operate from Namayiba Bus Terminal while those on the Eastern route were directed to operate in Qualicel Bus Terminal.
 
However, the changes haven't gone with a section of bus operators. Hajji Muhammad Ndibogeza has been managing the Mbale-Soroti stage in Qualicel Bus Terminal since 1997. He says the reorganization of bus operations was done in bad faith and may have far reaching consequences.

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He says bus operators are finding a great challenge to cope with the changes.

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Silaj Jamal, a bus operator in Namayiba bus terminal says the changes are only confusing passengers. He notes that some of the bus operators have already abandoned the system and gone back to their original homes.


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Hamis Ramadan, a supervisor in Link Bus Company has welcomed the changes, saying they are optimistic that the passengers will get used to them.

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He notes that there will always be complaints and resistance to change until people get used.
 
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Umaru Matovu, the Director Swift Safaris, says the reorganization of the bus operations will bring order in the city.
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Some of the passengers have welcomed the move to separate the buses.
Joyce Nyangoma, who was heading to Mbale told URN at Qualicel Bus Terminal that the move will help passengers easily locate their buses.


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Ivan Mwijukye also a passenger to western Uganda said the move would be okay if the passengers were sensitized on the developments so that they don't waste resources tracing for buses plying their routes.
 
 
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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

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