Buses to Tanzania resume operations

35 Hours from Kampala to Dar es Salaam : The Art of Non-Conformity
  • Currently, a bus traveler is charged Shs50,000 from Mutukula to Kampala up from Shs20,000 that was charged before the lockdown. 
  • The bus fare from Mutukula to Burundi is Shs80,000 up from Shs30,000 which was charged earlier before the pandemic.

The buses had halted operations in March when the government closed the common borders and banned public transport to curb the spread of Covid-19, which has so far claimed more than 140 lives.

Travellers who enter Ugandan through Mutukula border post using the interstate buses usually come from the neighbouring countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Zambia.

So far, four buses belonging to Friends Safaris out of the bus companies that ply the Kampala- Bujumbura  route or Kampala –Bukoba –Dar-es –Salaam route have resumed operations, according to Mr Peter Magara, an immigration officer at Mutukula border post.

“Buses that are transporting people and their luggage were previously 10, but they are now four. However, we expect other buses to resume operations gradually as government continues to ease the lockdown,” Mr Magara said last week.

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