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GULU TRANSPORTERS TO MAINTAIN FARES AFTER LOCK-DOWN

Passenger service vehicles and motorcycle bodabodas at a stage in Gulu city

BY OKOT LIL ROMEO

GULU: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 05, 2022

Transporters and motorists in Gulu city have said that they are maintaining the t transport fares of lock-down era even after being allowed to carry passengers at full capacity.

They attributed this to alleged high cost of fuel in Gulu City as students prepare to report back to school next week.

Patrick Ocamgio, the vice chairman of Kitgum stage in Gulu City claimed that despite doubling fares following Covid-19 lock-down and restriction to carry passengers at half-capacity, the cost of fuel meant that they were not making any profits.

Ocamgio explained that due to the prevailing circumstances, they have set fares from Gulu to the surrounding urban centres of Lira, Kitgum, and Elegu border post at sh10,000 higher than pre-Covid-19 rates.

A driver plying the Gulu-Lira route who only identified himself as Allele further attributed what he said was a bad business climate to the poor state of Gulu-Lira road which he said contributes to high fuel consumption.

However a manager at Total petrol station in Gulu insisted that fuel costs are determined by the global petroleum price and that the prices in Gulu are not peculiar.

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