Bus Operators Threaten to Boycott Payment of Parking Fees

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He says the filthy state of the bus park has forced some travelers to opt for taxis.

Bus operators in Kabale have threatened to boycott the payment of parking fees citing the sorry state of the Bus Park. They claim the Bus Park is full of mud and potholes filled with dirty water which affects their operations. Maurice Katwiga, a conductor with Kibungo Bus Company says the condition of the Bus Park has been worsened by the current rains. He says the filthy state of the bus park has forced some travelers to opt for taxis. Katwigasays that to make matters worse, the authorities have blocked buses from loading outside the park.

He says that they have appealed to Central division authorities several times to rehabilitate the park in vain. Felix Ayubi, a turn boy with Horizon coaches says the condition of the bus park needs urgent attention. He claims that travelers accuse them of operating in a very dirty environment. He says because of the filthy condition of the park, they have been left with no option but to stop paying dues to compel the authorities to rehabilitate the bus park. Ayubi says that they have given the council an ultimatum to rehabilitate the park by 15th May this year or else they will stop paying parking fees.
 
Flavia Kanagizi, the proprietor Kibungo Coaches says that the most irritating thing is that the municipal authorities fine buses that load and offload passengers yet they are aware of the filthy state of the park. She calls on the municipality to scrap the shillings 50,000 fine for loading outside the park. Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale central Division chairperson says that they have already set aside 12.5 million shillings to work on the park. He says the rehabilitation works that have been scheduled for June will include grading the carpet and opening draining channels. Sentaro appeals to the operators to bear with the council as they are looking for the funds to works on the park.

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On buses loading outside the park, Ssentaro says they are aware of the challenges faced by the operators but they can't allow them to operate outside because it will lead to congestion and accidents.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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