Police says free transportation of students caught up due to the partial lockdown still continues.
The police drivers transported students along the Northern, Eastern, South Western, Western, North Western and the Karamoja routes.
About 300 students were transported in 6 police buses and 20 trucks and safely delivered them in their home districts.
“We greatly thank the drivers, police escorts and the entire coordinating team for the wonderful job. No incidents were registered during the transportation process,” said Luke Owoyesigyire, deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson.
The teams are also transporting other stranded students from upcountry stations back to Kampala and other districts, on their way back.
The safe delivery of all stranded students who are vulnerable during this trying period of the pandemic remains a priority.
The second batch of stranded students will be transported today.
“All students still pending transportation are urged to converge at Namayiba Bus Park. A total of 6 buses & 20 trucks are deployed to transport students free of charge to their homes.”
On Tuesday, Colonel Edith Nakalema, the State House Anti-corruption Unit head, raided different bus parks and ordered the arrest of managers of bus companies who had inflated the fares.
She set the maximum passenger fares from Kampala to upcountry.
Like Gulu destination, she fixed the maximum it at Shs70,000 while Arua was sealed at Shs100,000. Soroti passengers will pay not beyond Shs70,000.
A Traveller going to Mbarara will pay Shs60,000 while that of Kisoro can’t pay above Shs100,000.
Meanwhile, all stakeholders in the public transport sector are reminded that the deadline for public transportation is 10.06.2021.
“Our enforcement on public transport will commence on the 11.06.2021 and we urge you all to abide by the guidelines of the 42 day partial lockdown,” Owoyesigyire noted.