Pioneer Easy Buses have resumed operations in Kampala, over two years after Uganda Revenue Authority halted their operations for failure to meet tax obligations.
Pioneer Easy Bus has more than 500 buses but KCCA and officials from ministry of works and transport have so tested and cleared 100 to start operations.
The company stopped operations in 2012, after Uganda Revenue Authority impounded 100 of its buses over failure to pay about 8 billion Shillings in tax arrears.
Today, a number of buses are seen plying the Kampala –Port bell route.
Robert Kalumba, the KCCA deputy spokesperson, says the buses will operate along Jinja road and Port Bell to the city center before they gradually roll-out to other routes.
KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, says the resumption is a milestone for a city that is awaiting passenger trains to provide another alternative for easy public transport.
She adds that the development will boost KCCA’s strategy of reducing congestion especially at peak hours.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Press Secretary, Tamale Mirundi, one of the people who owns taxis within the city says the congestion problem can only be solved by investing in road construction.
“The government had not invested in the transport industry. If I want to avoid the kamunye (taxis) problem, I don’t bring the buses before I solve the kamunye problem,” he said.
“I give an ultimatum so that in five years nobody will be allowed to have a kamunye as a private vehicle. That’s when I would then bring in buses.”
Mirundi says the problems we have in Kampala including traffic jam can be solved by road construction.