Calls to hike bus fares in line with 21% fuel increase misplaced-Yaluma

Government has asked public transport operators to comply with the 16 per cent hike in bus fares effected for all local routes in provincial centres countrywide, due to the recent 21 per cent hike in the price of petroleum products.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Minister Christopher Yaluma said in an interview today that prior to authorising the 16 per cent fare hike, the Government, had conducted a thorough negotiations with other stakeholders in order to make an informed decision in the public’s interest.
“So many factors had to be considered before we could authorise operators to hike the fares and because Government has the duty to protect the interest of the public, we considered these factors, for instance, the wage bill and the plight of the unemployed,” he said.
Mr Yaluma said calls by transport operators to have the fares hiked in conformity with the KR 1.