The head of State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Col Edith Nakalema, has ordered all bus companies which overcharged passengers, especially students and never transported to refund the fares.
Nakalema Thursday convened a meeting with Ministry of Works and bus owners to harmonize on how the passengers, students and citizens will be refunded their money.
The meeting was attended by Winstone Katushabe, the Commissioner Transport Regulation and Safety, Ministry of Works and Transport.
According to Nakalema, bus operators hiked fares yet there was no increase in fuel prices.
The passengers were overcharged yet not transported by the bus companies, Nakalema pointed out.
The bus owners agreed to re-imburse extorted passengers.
However, they emphasize that bus park brokers are the root cause of passenger extortion.
They insist that some of the receipts that circulated on social media were forged by brokers who duped passengers.
According to the Deputy Secretary of Uganda Bus Owners Association, Joseph Mabutu, previous efforts to stop broker operations in the bus terminals were not successful.
He appeals to the government to take practical steps to put the transport sector in order.
Some of the bus owners pointed out that there is no policy to regulate pricing in Public transport in Uganda.
“Everyone prices as they wish because the economy is a liberal one,” Mabutu noted.
They called upon Ministry of works to streamline the public transport business.
“We apologize for the mistakes we made. Uganda belongs to all of us, what hurts someone in Gulu hurts another in Kyenjonjo,” Mabutu went on.
“We thank the government for interventions made to save our children who were stranded at the different bus parks in Kampala.
According to Mabutu, brokers extorting passengers existed even before COVID19 Teams were picked, Task forces formed, KCCA, Works ministry and Police involved but these crooks are never brought to book.
“These crooks have ‘God fathers’ in high places, when arrested they are released.”