Minister Betty Kamya not aware of bus relocation plan

Government has suspended its decision to compel all bus companies to operate from gazetted terminals.

Recently, Transport Licensing Board-TBL ordered buses plying the Northern, West Nile to relocate from Arua Park to Namayiba Bus Terminal.

It also ordered those plying the western and Southern routes to load and offload from Kisenyi Bus Terminal while those heading to the Eastern region were ordered to operate from Qualicel Bus Terminal.

On Wednesday, legislators from West Nile brought up the matter on the floor of parliament, wondering why bus operators were never consulted before the decision was reached.

Bernard Atiku, the Ayivu County MP noted that there is need to agree on specifics before the decision can be implemented.

Felix Okot Ogong, who owns Felister coaches,  accused the Transport Licensing Board of being intolerant to the views of bus companies and making rush decisions without consulting them.

Betty Kamya, the Minister in Charge of Kampala, said she wasn’t aware of the proposed relocation of the buses yet it is the responsibility of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA to gazette terminals and inspect them.

After discussing the matter for over 20 minutes, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, directed the State Minister for Transport, Aggrey Bagiire to suspend the directive. Bagiire pleaded for time to consult with the ministry before pronouncing himself on the matter, which was granted.

He later announced a three-week grace period for buses plying the mid-western, Northern, west Nile and interstate routes.

Parliament tasked him to convene a stakeholder’s meeting to discuss the changes in January.