By Echonews Admin
Kampala: The government has temporarily waived a curfew for public buses and taxis traveling upcountry routes to allow easy movement of students and other people that are heading out of the city.
Following President Museveni’s directive to suspend public transport in inter-district travel, Many students and people were seen stranded in different parks, and many were forced to sleep in the parks.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health said in a statement that curfew for the buses taking these people home will now be temporarily suspended.
“Curfew has been waived off from today to Thursday 10 June 2021 only for buses and taxis traveling upcountry to aid the movement of the students,” Atwine said.
Dr. Atwine also added that in consultation with the Ministry of Works and Transport, they are also working out other mechanisms to find additional means of transport and reduce transport fares for students going out of Kampala.
“We have noted quite a big number (of people) in the parks trying to go home. We also noted that some students got stranded as the buses took advantage of the population and hiked the cost. We have discussed this and the ministry of works is making arrangements.”
Many of the travelers interviewed since the rush for buses started on Monday complained about the increased fares saying it is unfair.