Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bus operators increase fares by 16% after Government approval

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Mini buses are operating out side the Kulima Tower station which is under renovation.
Mini buses are operating out side the Kulima Tower

BUS operators in Lusaka yesterday increased fares for all the local routes by a 16 percent following Government’s approval to hike the fares.

Flash buses proprietor Ishmael Kankhara confirmed in an interview yesterday that the bus fares have been increased by 60 ngwee across the board for all Lusaka routes.

Government last week allowed bus operators in the country to hike bus fares by not more than 16 percent of the initial amount.

‘We have today (Monday) effected the new bare fares by 60 ngwee, which translates to a 16 percent that was agreed upon with Government,” he said.

This would now mean that the bus fares for short distance routes would now be KR3.60 from KR3.00 while long distant routes would be KR6 from KR5.50

Bus operators last week had threatened to increase bus fares by KR 1 following the fuel pump price increase which was necessitated by the removal of subsidy on all petroleum products.

However, Government objected to the increase and called for a meeting with the operators, where the two parties agreed that the fares be hiked by 16 percent.

Government recently removed the five percent subsidy on crude oil feed stock , a move which has necessitated fuel increase on petroleum products by almost KR2.

And in Ndola Operators have hiked bus fares by KR 50 Ngwee for local routes and KR 2 for destinations outside Ndola.

This is according to a bus fare chat released and availed to operators by the Ndola City Council yesterday.

Taxi drivers have also hiked fares by KR 5 on all routes within the city.

This means commuters travelling from Town centre to places such as Itawa, Kansenshi and Masala will pay KR 2.5 from the old K 2 whereas those going to Chifubu, Ndeke and Lubuto will now pay KR 3 from the old KR 2.5.

The KR 2 increase in fares for long distance routes means commuters travelling from Ndola to Kitwe will now pay KR 18 from the old KR 16 while those going to Luanshya will now pay KR 12 from KR 10

13 COMMENTS

  1. and here is a minister talking about economics of theories and failing to apply himself. minister chenda was made dull by education. i thought education is sapoz to make us pragmatic, coz the increase has a chain effect on commodities and services. cost of living is getting higher by the day, where we r going a country nobody noz, coz life must now become cheaper, thats wat i thought was development. thiz pipo are leading us no where. soon there will be shortage of commodities because it would be too expensive to run a business here

  2. Ministers and politicians will have more money in their pockets. That is the song you were singing for them. And true to the words they do have more money in their politics…its called politics of the Belly….PB. the likes of Daniel Munkowbwe and all those defectors.

  3. Lunga:
    Your reasoning if perfect, I like it, It makes sense. Its politics of the belly the only formula to un do this type is country wide uprising ! Do away with the middle union who once they go in negotiations they are given brown envelopes and accept meagure pecks for employees. Face the bull on the horns is the possible formula, You see why, Fertiliser subsidy has been cut from 8 bags to 4 bags, sooner or later there be low production, leading to less good and services which will then lead to higher and higher prices for those few goods. Its crazy !

  4. the removal of subsidies on fuel if not reversed will come back to haunt the PF in 2016. I understand the math behind it, but I cant help thinking the adverse effects on the general population of making such a decision were overlooked… either that or the PF has after 2years of being in power become as blind to the needs of the average Zambian as the MMD were after 20years of being in power. What’s next??

  5. WE ARE IN BIG PROBLEMS. THUS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 1980S ESPECIALLY 1985 TO 1990. MAYO AND DONNE SOAP IS COMING BACK. CHIKONDYA, TARINO ETC. BIG COMPANIES WILL PULL OUT WHEN THE PURCHASING POWER IS WEAKENED?
    NO EFFECT ON ECONOMY??????AS IF YOU ARE TELLING KAPOYA’S.

  6. mwandi chacilamo. First ismail khankara and his rotten buses should not ve been allowed to hike prices. Secondly this government is slowly losing direction.

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