Majority of the Bus Companies plying up country routes have increased transport fares from Kampala to their various destinations, a week to Christmas.
Denis Opolot, a booking clerk with Friendship company says bus fare from Kampala to Gulu is 30,000 shillings, Kampala-Kitgum 40,000 shillings and Kampala-Orom 45000 shillings.
Patrick Bongomin, the manager Makome bus company notes that the new rates are meant to bridge losses Companies are suffering because of returning half empty or empty vessels from up country destinations to Kampala as their numbers tumbled below their profit margins.
The situation is similar on Kampala – Lira route with the maximum being charged peaking between Shillings 35,000 and 40,000 up from Shillings 25,000 and 30,000 for ordinary and executive buses respectively.
Along Kampala-Juba Road, Ali Kassim Andrua, the Booking Clerk of Trinity Coaches, says they charge Shillings 50,000 for Kampala – Gulu for their executive buses, up from Shillings 40,000 while Elegu is Shillings 75,000 and Juba Shillings 100,000.
Kampala to Pakwach and Nebbi 35,000, Arua 40,000, Koboko and Yumbe 45,000.
Zawadi charges from Kampala to Adjumani 35,000 while to Yumbe 40,000 and Arua 30,000.