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April 5th, 2011, 10:48 PM
the Kampala city brt system is going to be built in the next 2 years construction will start this year and pioneer bus the company to run the system has already ordered 500 buses to cater for Kampala it will help de congest the city and introduce a new working transport system to help the city roads and get rid of the matatus . this is huge for kampala.
Uganda Travel And Tourism News: Pioneer Easy Bus Services Gets 5 Year Contract
Pioneer Easy Bus services have been awarded a five year contract by Kampala City Council (KCC).
The company's managing director, David Baingana has told journalists that the renewable contract will allow them to operate in two zones covering the Eastern and Western parts of the greater Kampala.
Baingana says the zones include areas of Bwayise, Luzira, Ntinda, Kasubi, Makerere and Ndeeba among others.
He adds that they expect to receive 100 buses within the next 120 days before the project kicks off in 4 months time.
City firms to bring in more buses
By Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa (email the author)
Posted Tuesday, April 5 2011 at 09:08
Public transport users in Kampala may soon get rid of the uncomfortable commuter taxis if plans by bus service companies to bring new buses yield results.
Pioneer Easy Bus Company, which has for the last three years been piloting a bus transport service in Kampala, has already ordered at least 500 new buses–a move KCC says would aid their plan to decongest the city. “Our pilot project ends today (yesterday) and it is time for implementation,” Mr Nathan Kibike, the company operations manager, said yesterday.
The new buses, he said, are expected in the country in three months. As a sign of appreciation, the company chose to transport passengers free of charge the entire day yesterday. The company is expected to unveil its full implementation plan today at Serena Hotel in Kampala. Mr Chris Kakama, the managing director of City Bus Services, said he was also in negotiations with a Japanese bus company to supply them with the fleet.
Dawn of a wide plan
In early 2007, KCC rolled out a pilot project for a comprehensive city bus service to replace commuter taxis which are blamed for the city traffic congestion. Outgoing city mayor Nasser Sebaggala, who insists the proposed bus project is his brainchild, was upbeat about the development. “People have been accusing me of promising them air but thank God the project has started to take shape,” he said.
City Town Clerk David Naluwairo said establishing a city bus system is part of the wider Kampala Metropolitan transport master plan recently drawn by government. “There has been no streamlined system of bringing buses but we are happy that the process is through. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pioneer Easy Bus,” he said.
Under the new plan, Mr Naluwairo said street parking will be abolished in some areas to provide more space, bus lanes will be demarcated in addition to constructing modern bus terminals outside the city. The Uganda Taxi Operators and Driver Association, which had earlier resisted a bus system in the city, recently gave in, saying they were ready to benefit from it by introducing 35-seater coaster buses to replace the 14-seater taxis.
April 5th, 2011, 11:39 PM
April 6th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Uganda Business News: Pioneer Bus Company To Import 512 Buses
The Pioneer Bus Company will import 512 buses from Japan to improve the transport system in Kampala.
The Pioneer Bus Company Managing Director David Ndemeirwe says they currently have 13 buses doing transport in Kampala which were imported from Japan for research purposes for 3 three years.
Ndemeirwe however, says the 13 buses will be put off the roads as the company awaits to import the first batch of 100 buses in a period of 3 months.
He says the reason of suspending the buses from the roads is among others using them (buses) to train the drivers who will be employed to drive the awaited fleet of buses.
Mpereirwe says the transport fee will be paid per kilometer traveled using an automated system and they will work around Kampala.
April 7th, 2011, 08:21 PM
Pioneer Easy Bus set to introduce electronic pay buses
POSTED ON APRIL 5, 2011 BY ADMINISTRATOR
By Priscilla Muhairwe
Pioneer Easy Bus Limited, a local transport service provider is set to launch a new modern city bus transport service in and around Kampala
Pioneer’s Director, David Baingana said with the service, passengers will be charged basing on the number of kilometers travelled and will have their fares deducted electronically from plastic smart cards through two on board validators.
“On a single route basis, commuters on Pioneer Buses have on average been paying about a 50% of the fare charged by our counterparts in the local transport industry and these will not change,” the director said.
The Pioneer buses, manufactured in China by Yutong, the largest bus manufacturer in the world will have a total carriage capacity of 60 commuters; 30 seated and 30 standing commuters.
While announcing this development Baingana said that the company which has been operating since Sept 2007, will start a fully integrated commuter operation following the award of a 5 year concession to operate bus services in the Eastern and Western zones of the Greater Kampala. A total of 522 buses will be required to optimally serve this entire area.
‘’We are delighted that we will take delivery of the first batch of 100 buses within the next 120 days and thereafter we will expect three subsequent batches of 100 buses at 45 day intervals with the last batch comprising of the final 122buses,’’ added Baingana.
The bus service is aimed at providing Ugandans with modern public transport services and will offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in the areas such as Mukono, Luzira Bweyogere, Ntinda, Naalya and Kasubi, among others.
The new bus service is expected to help decongest the city using vehicle optimization while offering the best services to city dwellers. Buses will operate 20hr daily shifts a day on a scheduled timetable and will stop only at designated bus stops which will be easily identified by destination signage and route numbers.
April 8th, 2011, 12:18 AM
Easy Bus suspends city service
Thursday, 7th April, 2011
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Passengers board a Pioneer bus in Kampala. The firm has halted operations for three months
By Samuel Sanya
PIONEER Easy Bus has temporarily suspended its bus services pending the importation of new buses from China.
This follows the signing of a five-year contract with Kampala City Council on Tuesday.
The joint venture between Pioneer Motor Company Zimbabwe and Easy Bus Uganda currently runs 13 buses on the Kampala – Mukono- Luzira routes.
“We have suspended operations for the next three to four months as we await the arrival of the 522 buses from China,” David Baingana, the Pioneer Easy Bus director, said yesterday.
He explained that three of the 13 buses were being fitted with an automated ticketing system, while the rest were being used to test the ability of new drivers who needed to have upgraded their driving permits to drive the buses from China.
Baingana said his firm had secured a credit agreement with Chinese firm Yutong to supply the buses at $50m.
He said the agreement provided for the training of some 50 technicians in China.
This, he added, would be done during the next three months. “The first batch of 100 buses shall be delivered within the next 120 days. Thereafter, we will expect three subsequent batches of 100 buses at 45-day intervals and a final batch of 122 buses,” Baingana said.
The development is bound to send ripples down the Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA) who currently command 70% of the traffic on all major routes in Kampala city.
Pioneer Easy Bus has been operating on a pilot scheme for the past 40 months before the signing of the contract with Kampala City Council that gave them exclusive rights over the eastern and western routes of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan areas.
The Bus Company is to construct bus terminals in Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogerere, Ntinda, Naalya, Kasubi, Bulenga, kyengera and Ndeeba.
Officials from UTODA could not be reached for a comment.
April 8th, 2011, 11:46 AM
Finally. We get to say good riddance to the old taxi park. :banana:
I wonder why it took Pioneer easy bus this long to do this. They have been in Kampala for years now.
April 8th, 2011, 07:03 PM
Finally. We get to say good riddance to the old taxi park. :banana:
I wonder why it took Pioneer easy bus this long to do this. They have been in Kampala for years now.
it was due to the funding . it was planned to start in 2009 but the money ran out so its been set back to 2011.they changed the plan so that mukono,kira,entebbe and other ares within 20km also get bus services.
April 11th, 2011, 07:08 PM
522 buses to ease movement in city
MONDAY, 11 APRIL 2011 05:45 ESTHER OLUKA
Pioneer Easy directors David Baingana (left) and Ndemeire at the press conference. Photo by Esther Oluka
KAMPALA, UGANDA - Kampala, like most East African cities faces congestion and transport is a major problem.
With no organised transport system in place, traffic jams are a common sight all over East Africa especially during rush hours.
The situation is bound to change in Kampala, after two new developments were announced in the transport sector.
Pioneer Easy Bus Limited, a transport company that has been running a city bus service on a limited scale, is rolling out a new modern city bus transport service for commuters covering the Greater Kampala Metropolitan area (GKMA).
This comes at a time when Rift Valley Railways is finalising plans to start a city passenger service.
Pioneer announced at a press conference in Kampala last week that it will start a new integrated, affordable and reliable transport service that will help to decongest the city.
Mr. David Baingana, the Pioneer Easy Bus Director, said the company will start a bigger commuter service after it was granted a five-year period to operate in the Eastern and Western zones of greater Kampala with a total of nine routes.
"The 522 buses which are manufactured in China will have a total carriage capacity of 60 passengers where 30 will be seated while the others stand and these will be charged on the basis of kilometers travelled which will be UShs70 ( about 1$ cent) per km, " explained Baingana.
Commuters on Pioneer buses have on average been paying about 50% ($ 0.21) of the fare charged by other counterparts in the local transport industry.
The first batch of 100 buses is expected in town within 120 days and thereafter, three subsequent batches of 100 buses at 45 day intervals with the last batch comprising of the final 122 buses expected by the end of June.
A new statutory instrument containing traffic and road safety regulations which took effect in February 2011 will control the urban public transport in a more regimented way than before.
These include the designation of bus routes, fixed bus stops, scheduled time tables, special bus lanes within the central business district and an organized ticketing system.
"These buses will operate 20-hour daily shifts a day on a scheduled time table and will stop only at designated bus stops which will be easily identified by destination signage and route numbers," Baingana said.
The plan, however, looks ambitious considering that human traffic reduces after 11pm and with the cost of fuel going to unprecedented levels it is is not clear how the schedule will be run. Analysts say a more realistic schedule could be between 5am to 11pm meaning an 18-hour shift.
Baingana said the project is expected to create an estimated 5,000 jobs directly while another 8,000 to 10,000 jobs indirectly and these will be filled by applicants sourced through a local transport co-operative. The buses will operate within a 20km radius from the city and possibly up to 40kms to Entebbe.
Kampala gears for transport revolution
MONDAY, 11 APRIL 2011 06:05 JOSEPH OLANYO
Kampala, Uganda - City passenger train services that were halted 15 years ago are now ready to resume, a move expected to considerably ease transportation costs, congestion and notorious traffic jams that have become a common feature in Kampala. The city service train will initially run from Namanve, a forest town 18km west of Kampala city, and will be expanded to other areas of the city outskirts.
Rift Valley Railways (RVR) company who operate the railway in both Uganda and Kenya, is only waiting for the Government nod to roll out the service.
"We are ready. We have officially written to the Government, and we are waiting for the approval, then we start business," Mr James Nyambari, the RVR General Manage said last week.
Nyambari said RVR is planning test runs towards the end of April. The free runs will acquaint passengers with the long awaited service.
"This is a pilot project and our major concern is Namanve to Kampala city. When it gets momentum, we shall move on to other areas," he said.
In an exclusive interview with East African Business Week, Nyambari said, the passenger service train will be operating five coaches each with a sitting capacity of 100 people.
He said there is always a provision for standing, which will make the number go up..
"Our running time from Namanve to Kampala will be 30 minutes including stoppages at specifically designed locations," Nyambari said.
According to the schedule, the train will operate four trips a day, leaving Namanve for Kampala at 6:30am arriving Kampala at 7:00am.
The second train will leave Namanve at 7:30am arriving Kampala city at 8:00am.
In the evenings, the first train will be leaving Kampala train station at 6:00pm and 7:00pm respectively.
Passengers living within the reach of the railway can wait for the service at particular spots.
RVR has designed a number of places where the train can drop or pick passengers.
They include among others City Abattoir popularly known as meat packers in Industrial Area, Kataza near Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Interfreight Junction in Nakawa Industrial Area.
The service is expected to ease passenger transport considerably in greater Kampala as buses and taxis compete with the train.
The development comes at a time when the bus town service is also taking shape. Pioneer Easy Bus Ltd, a company contracted by government to run bus town services announced last week that it is bringing in additional 522 buses to ease transportation.
The buses have a capacity of 60 passengers, 30 sitting and others standing.
RVR contends that it will offer a premium service that will minimise time and costs of transportation to and from the city.
In the 2002 census, Kampala had 1.2 million people as residents, and a projected 3.6 million during the day.
However, according to current Kampala City Council's (KCC) estimates, the resident population is about 1.8 million people, while the day time population stands at around 4.5 million. The city was initially planned for 500,000 people.
According to KCC's three-year development plan (2009-2012), the rising population is the reason service delivery remains a challenge.
With the two transport modules operating, this will be a big relief for city residents who not only commute daily and pay exorbitant fares to the unruly omnibus taxi operators, but have also endured the poor customer care and suffering at the hands of the conductors.
It will further reduce on the traffic jams, cost of transportation and the imprompt fare hikes by taxi operators.
April 13th, 2011, 10:55 PM
Plan to Revamp Kampala Transport out
The city of Kampala could resemble India's Calcutta if a plan to introduce non-motorized transport falls through. The plan to be executed by experts from Israel and the Netherlands is aimed at promoting sustainable development and at the same time decongesting the city.
April 21st, 2011, 12:29 AM
Non-motorised transport ideas resisted
A plan by the government to introduce non motorized transport in Kampala as a way of decongesting the city has been met with stiff resistance from experts who say that the plan is not feasible. Leading transport consultant Eng. Merion Tibabiganya believes such mode of transport is not suitable for a city that is not well planned, and argues that it can only stand a chance, if there is political will to remove UTODA commuter taxis from the city's narrow streets, put an end to street trading, and enhance regulation of street parking.
April 21st, 2011, 03:44 PM
Kampala gets new transport services
Written by Milly Kibombo
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 20:46
A fleet of new buses are expected to ply different routes in Kampala, offering cheaper and more effective transport.
The first batch of one hundred buses is expected within three months. The subsequent batches will come in at a 45-day interval, according to the company behind the initiative. The project is engineered by Pioneer Easy Bus Company.
Yutongo, a Chinese bus manufacturer, has been contracted to make the buses with 60 carriage capacity. Pioneer’s intention is to offer cheap and reliable means of public transport, the company says, as well as easing congestion in Kampala.
David Baingana, Pioneer Easy Bus Director, said the project is exclusive and will initially run for a period of five years with plans to renew their contract with KCC.
“The buses will offer integrated, reliable, affordable, frequent and efficient scheduled transport services to all city commuters in the city,” Baingana said.
With Pioneer buses, transport fares are expected to drop by a half. The fares are to be charged on the basis of the number of kilometres travelled and they will be deducted electronically.
“We will see passengers paying as low as Shs 200 depending on the distance travelled. The gargets are fitted inside the bus for everybody to see, so there won’t be any cheating,” Baingana added.
The company will have terminals in Kakiri on Hoima Road, Kyengera on Masaka Road, Mukono and Bweyogerere on Jinja highway as well as Luzira. The buses will pick and drop passengers only at designated bus stops.
At least 800 bus stops and shelters are to be built to facilitate the bus operations as the bus company is not supposed to use existing infrastructure apart from specific parking lanes along some roads. Drivers are already being trained at Namboole and each bus will require three drivers to share in a 20-hour shift per day.
The project is estimated to create 4,000 direct jobs and another 8,000-10,000 indirect jobs. The move poses a threat to the business of the over 8,000 omnibuses and thousands of boda boda cyclists. “They will be eliminated by natural economies of scale. We are not fighting anybody but will they gradually be phased out,” Bainagna said.
About 854,500 passengers use the commuter taxi services in the city daily, according to pre-feasibility studies for the development of a long-term integrated bus rapid transit system for the greater Kampala metropolitan area.
June 12th, 2011, 12:24 AM
KCCA gets Shs40b, to suspend parking
By Robert Mwanje (email the author)
Posted Saturday, June 11 2011 at 00:00
The current street parking arrangement is to be suspended to pave way for new lanes for busses under the new Bus Rapid Transport System, officials at the Kampala Capital City Authority have said.
The announcement was made yesterday as news emerged that the government had allocated Shs43 billion to KCCA to improve the city road network. Talking to Saturday Monitor, the Executive Director, Ms Jeniffer Musisi, said the funds will be allocated to different divisions depending on need.
The funds will, however, be controlled at the headquarters and not at divisions contrary to earlier government position. “I am so happy with the Shs43 billion road fund allocated to KCCA. I believe this will take us to another step as far as improving city roads is concerned,” Ms Musisi said.
She said more funds are expected to tackle other city sectors. Under the new KCCA Act, the executive director is mandated to be the accounting officer for all the five city divisions, including Kampala Central, Kawempe, Makindye, Nakawa and Rubaga.The funds allocation to KCCA is above the usual Shs15 billion which has always been allocated to Kampala City Council annually. KCCA caters for 900 kilometres of roads in the five divisions of Kampala.
The city headquarters primarily takes care of the tarmac roads while the divisions are responsible for the gravel roads. Out of the 900-kilometre road network in Kampala, 600 kilometres are of gravel roads with several potholes. Majority of Kampala roads were built during the colonial days and have outlived their usefulness.
Last year, former Kampala mayor Hajj Nasser Sebaggala said about Shs345 billion is needed to reconstruct the entire city road network. He said repairs are a temporally solution to the worn-out city roads demanding total reconstruction.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, KCCA spokesperson Simon Muhumuza, said road side parking will also be suspended at the commencement of the new roads’ project expected soon.
“Our clear plan is to encourage a mass transport system. We want a faster system than the private cars but safer than boda-boda,” Mr Muhumuza said. Under the new arrangement, several routes will be re-organised to encourage use of public transport to curb traffic congestion in the city.
KCCA will, however, work with private companies to enforce the new system. “We shall encourage the public-private partnership because certain things will not be done by the authority. For example, we shall not own the buses, instead we shall create lanes and level the ground for their quick performance,” he said.
Currently, street parking is managed by Multiplex Limited, a local trading company, contracted by the city authority at Shs240 million per month and is responsible for managing at least 5,000 parking slots.
August 13th, 2011, 11:24 PM
City buses come in October
Friday, 12th August, 2011
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By John Semakula
COMMUTERS from Kampala’s suburbs may be paying as low as sh500 to the city centre when a new fleet of buses arrives in October.
Longer routes like Mukono-Kampala will cost sh1,000.
The streets are being modified to create bus stops and ticketing centres to accommodate the bus transport system.
Pioneer Easy Bus, a registered transport service provider contracted by KCCA to provide a five-year bus service, said yesterday that the first 100 buses will arrive in the first two weeks of October.
This is not the first time the company is making such promises. Similar promises were made in the past but it failed to deliver.
But Simon Muhumuza, the KCCA spokesperson, said he was hopeful Pionner Easy Bus would do a good job. “In the past they have been telling us that the buses are coming and they didn’t. But this time they seem set. We advertised the tender, they applied and won it. I think they will perform.”
“The buses will operate in a radius of 23km from the city centre,” said Fred Ssenoga, the company’s executive director.
The brand new buses were ordered from China, unlike the used ones that were on trial till June.
Pioneer is to import a total of 522 buses from Chinese manufacturer Yutongo, at $80m (sh208b).
“We will receive 100 buses every 30 to 45 days and the last batch will arrive in the first quarter of 2012,” Ssenoga said.
KCCA said several changes would occur on the streets in preparation for the buses.
“KCCA will build shelters at bus-stops and some of the lanes managed by Multiplex will be demarcated as bus parks,” Ssenoga explained.
The company will recruit drivers and turn-boys. The bus project is expected to create 4,000 direct jobs and another 8,000-10,000 indirect jobs.
The Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers’ Association (UTODA) have reason to worry but are preparing to cope.
“We are also planning to buy buses,” said UTODA chairman John Ndyomugenyi.
In February, a new Statutory Instrument on traffic and road safety regulations took effect and will regulate urban public transport in a more regimented way than before.
The rules include the designation of bus routes, fixed bus stops, special bus lanes within the central business district, scheduled timetables and an organised ticketing system.
Although it was anticipated that KCC would throw taxis out of Kampala with the coming of buses, Ssenoga said they would work side-by-side.
“We shall be charging our passengers 50% of the fare taxis charge and we are sure that within a very short period, we shall have 95% of the passengers using buses. With that, taxis will have no choice but leave Kampala,” he said.
Ssenoga added that buses will bring to an end the nasty traffic jams that usually engulf the city and its neighbourhood during the rush hours.
“One bus will take a big number of passengers compared to taxis, which will reduce the jam. At the same time, buses will not be stopping at every point like the taxis do.”
With the 522 buses in Kampala, there will be several terminals in Kakiri on Hoima Road, Kyengera on Masaka Road, Mukono and Bweyogerere on Jinja highway as well as Luzira. The buses will pick and drop passengers only at designated bus stops.
August 19th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Over 500 buses for city public transport
Thursday, 18th August, 2011
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Pioneer Easy Bus Company that won the tender to run city public transport is to import over 500 buses, City authorities have revealed.
Pioneer Easy bus is set to start its operations in October in the city center and the surrounding suburbs.
Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) boss, Jennifer Musisi, told MPs on Thursday that they have verified the company’s profile and okayed its operations.
According to Musisi, the shareholders of the company include; former minister now a businessman Mathew Rukikairwe, Atlantic holdings Ltd, Urban public transport company Ltd, Delux Solutions Ltd and Kenloyd Logistics Uganda Ltd.
She told MPs on the Parliamentary committee on physical infrastructure that the company has over 500 buses which will operate on the different routes in the city.
Musisi assured MPs that public transport users will pay lower fares compared to taxi charges.
September 5th, 2011, 05:31 PM
No Easy buses - yet
SATURDAY, 03 SEPTEMBER 2011 10:54 BY JULIUS BUSINGE
a pioneer bus stop built in lugogo before the buses have even arrived .
It’s not easy walking anywhere in Kampala, with the growing vehicle, boda boda and pedestrian traffic on the streets. It’s even tougher walking past a public transport stage at boarding time.
Walking past the bus-taxi stage on Kampala Road, next to Constitutional Square around 6:00 p.m. recently, I found myself hugging an electric pole, stampeded by a crowd fighting to enter the Dream Shuttle bus, one of the buses currently serving the city.
Touts calling passengers to “Bweyogerere-Mukono-Seeta” taxis, parked almost empty a few meters ahead, were ignored. Even those left when the Dream Shuttle filled up said they would wait for the next bus.
“Travelling by bus is much more comfortable than taxis,” Moses Segawa, who commutes daily between Mukono and the city centre, told The Independent. “Buses make fewer stops and are cheaper. I save as much as Shs 3,500 a week.”
The US$ 33 million (almost Shs 90 billion) deal awarded to Pioneer Easy Bus Limited (PEB) by Kampala City Council (KCC) (now Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in May last year to manage passenger bus services was just what city commuters like Segawa needed.
Beating five other bidders, PEB got a 5-year contract expected to eventually put 522 60-passenger buses on the eastern and western routes of Kampala, almost certainly edging most public service taxis.
The first 100 buses had been expected to hit the streets in June this year. But the company is yet to put a single bus on the streets. And growing questions in Parliament about the manner in which the contract was awarded are dampening the company’s assurances that the buses would arrive in October.
KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi Kiwanuka, spent the past few weeks before Parliament’s Physical Infrastructure Committee answering charges that the manner in which the bus contract was awarded was irregular, which nullified it.
The contract was awarded under the old KCC in May 2010, and PEB was expected to import 522 buses starting with 100 June 2011.
But MPs – notably Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko and Shadow Minister for Local Government Betty Nambooze - say the tender was not advertised, neither was Parliament informed as required, violating the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets regulations.
Nsereko said the contract had to be investigated before PEB started business or it would be considered to be operating illegally. But Musisi told the committee she had found no problem with the procurement and had cleared the company to proceed.
She said in the long-term, buses would phase out taxis and decongest the city, a statement that could not have pleased the Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA), which holds a contract to run city transport till 2014.
However, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said he had not heard of the contract, and further disagreed with the intention of edging taxis out of the city, preferring instead that they operate side by side.
Nambooze said decongesting the city was a good idea, “but is being done in a bad way.” She told The Independent that the Physical Infrastructure Committee had heard that PEB’s agreement to buy 522 buses from the Chinese manufacturer Yutong for US$ 33million had been guaranteed by the Uganda government.
“This is dangerous because if Pioneer fails to pay, the tax payer will foot the bill,” she said.
Nambooze was also concerned that the contract promoted a monopoly for PEB before it demonstrated any capacity to serve it. “You can’t just give all this business to one company, when it has many competitors in the market,” she said.
Given the high-profile connections of the company’s shareholders, it should be no surprise that PEB ran into controversy. Its owners include Kenlloyd Logistics Uganda Limted, owned by Albert Muganga, husband to Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa’s daughter, Ishta Kutesa; and Matthew Rukikaire, former minister for Privatization. The others are Atlantic Holdings Ltd, Urban Public Transport Company Ltd and Delux Solutions Ltd.
PEB Executive Director Fred Senoga dismissed the MPs’ accusations.
“All authorities have endorsed the deal. KCCA councillors sat recently with city authorities and found no problem with our contract,” Senoga told The Independent. “We are continuing with preparations for the first batch of buses to be here by October.”
Under the 5-year contract, PEB is required to pay Shs 300,000 per bus per month, an income of Shs 30 million for 100 buses, which will gradually rise to about Shs 160 million a month with all 522 buses. The company is also expected to construct 600 bus shelters.
Senoga said the company had missed its June deadline for the first 100 buses due to long procurement procedures and the need to train staff.
Senoga said each bus would have 2 drivers - meaning 200 jobs created by October, and a total of 1,044 in 5 years.
The commuting public waiting for more efficient and reliable public transportation can only hope that the buses indeed do come in October.
September 7th, 2011, 01:12 AM
State of the art urban transport for Kampala Metropolitan
September 15th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Great move by Kampala.
Transport should be one of the top priorities for any city council.
That new bus looks :cool:
September 16th, 2011, 11:34 AM
That new bus looks :cool:
The best looking buses in East Africa. Goodbye to those matatus. :banana:
September 16th, 2011, 05:38 PM
They're exactly the specs we see in Western Europe.. very impressive :D
November 12th, 2011, 08:30 PM
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December 28th, 2011, 11:25 PM
Pioneer Easy buses to offer 24-hour service
Publish Date: Dec 28, 2011
Pioneer Easy Bus
By John Semakula
Pioneer Easy Bus, the company behind the city bus project that has several times failed to beat their own deadlines of entering the transport industry has released the conditions under which it expects to “operate” next month.
According to the conditions, the buses will operate 24 hours and that to ensure that the passengers are safe; “each bus will be manned by three drivers and turn-boys working in shifts of eight hours.
Pioneer Easy Bus had promised to roll out its services on city roads mid this year but delayed due to unclear reasons. The company has since set January as the deadline for joining the transport business.
Herbert Mucunguzi, the company’s marketing manager, told New Vision on Wednesday that the buses will also have special security cameras mounted on them to monitor passengers for security reasons.
The company is importing the buses in phases and the first batch of 100 buses is reportedly on its way from China where they have been assembled. The buses are expected to be in the country early January.
The cameras, Mucunguzi said, will detect people who impersonate passengers and board the buses only to end up stealing other passengers’ property.
“The thieves will be arrested even after they have disembarked from the buses,” Mucunguzi said.
The buses will also have special sections for different groups of people including the disabled, Mucunguzi said, adding that the intention is to make the buses more user friendly to all groups of people.
“We shall have different classes of people sitting in different sections. We want everyone to feel comfortable because our plan is to make people leave their cars at home and use the buses,” he said.
A person may also not have to move with transport fees all the time because the passengers will be expected to use smart cards which they will swipe on the door ways while embarking.
Mucunguzi said that the company will issue out smart cards which passengers will use for a day, week, month or year. Companies may also buy the cards for their employees.
With the increasing number of road accidents in the country, Mucunguzi said that the buses have been made in the way that their engines are at the back to reduce their power while running.
The company also plans to construct bus terminals outside Kampala at the end of their first year of operation which will be the stopping points for vehicles from upcountry.
Many developed countries today use bus services because they help in reducing the traffic jams and are cheap to use compared the matatu and taxis but Uganda has taken long to go on board.
December 30th, 2011, 08:16 PM
City bus service ready to roll
By Edris Kiggundu
12/30/11, 364 17 2011 10:17
After months of anxiety and doubts, Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) said last week that the first shipment of 100 buses will arrive in the country by the end of January.
Herbert Mucunguzi the marketing manager of PEB, told The Observer that the consignment of the buses had arrived at Mombasa and were only awaiting clearance. The gazetting of the bus stages is already underway.
However, it will not be until December 2012 that the total 522 buses will arrive. “We want to change the face of public transport in this country. People must move comfortably wherever they go,” Mucunguzi said.
Since it won the contract to run public transport in the city in 2009, PEB has been under pressure to deliver on its promises. Initially the buses were supposed to be in the country by December 2011. In 2007, the firm undertook a pilot project where it deployed 20 buses on various routes in the city and according to Mucunguzi, it was successful.
The 60-passenger buses (that will have 30 people seated and another 30 standing) will coexist with the commuter taxis that currently dominate public transport. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has permitted the company to operate within a radius of 30km from the city. Since they will have only 100 buses available at the start, they will only ply three routes.
The first route will include the areas of Bweyogerere, Kireka, Banda and Nakawa, while the second will encompass Nakawa, Port Bell, Luzira and Kirombe. The third route will start from Stretcher, Ntinda and Bukoto.
Mucunguzi says PEB will come with innovations in the sector. For instance, passengers will choose whether to purchase weekly or monthly bus tickets from the company’s sales points.
“This is more convenient because we do not want our staff to handle [too much] money in the bus,” said Mucunguzi. PEB says their service will be 24 hours, the reason each bus shall have three drivers and conductors who will work in a shift of eight hours per day.
To improve on its image, battered by allegations that it won the contract under controversial circumstances, the firm has contracted Spin Group, a PR firm, to market their services.
Mucunguzi says once all buses arrive and the envisaged bus terminals in various parts of the city are built, the investment will be worth $60 million (Shs 1.4 trillion) and will create more than 3,500 jobs.
January 1st, 2012, 08:57 PM
Pioneer Easy Bus Explains Why Buses Have Delayed
By John V Sserwaniko
One of the bus stops and shelters PEB has put up
Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) Company has swiftly come out to explain why there has been a slight delay in the arrival of the buses.
The Bugolobi-based company has a concession from KCCA to manage public bus transport service for Kampala within the 30 km radius from the city centre. Plying the Eastern and Western routes (implying Jinja and Hoima road side), the public transport solution provider company is meant to introduce 522 brand new tailor made buses on our roads. Pioneer’s gazetted routes among others include Ntinda, Luzira and Nakawa-Bweyogerere. Ntinda route covers Stretcher, Bukoto, Wandegeya, Bombo road and other places.
Newly recruited PEB Marketing Manager Herbert Odankie Mucunguzi revealed that not later than the last week of January, 20 brand new buses are going to be unveiled to ply this route. This will be part of the batch of 100 buses expected in January. “You need to look at us as more than just a public transport company. We are bringing a whole new range of services the traveling passenger hasn’t experienced before,” Mucunguzi said adding that the 522 buses will arrive in phases. He said the buses are currently being manufactured in China and that they will be arriving here in a batch of 100 buses at a time. The first 100 are coming soon and will be here at the time President Museveni presides over the PEB’s launching ceremony expected in the first week of February.
Incorporated in 2005, PEB Company has spent the past three years piloting the project using the 20 buses which have been here since 2007. “These 20 buses have taken us through the feasibility study phase and we are now ready to serve the traveling public,” says Mucunguzi adding that a minimum of 1.5m people will daily travel in their buses once all the 522 buses are here operating. “The buses are going to be not only clean but also spacious and we are sure even those driving personal cars will gradually abandon them because of the convenience the buses are going to bring.”
He says each bus will transport at least 60 people at a time; 30 standing and another 30 seated. To maintain high hygienic standards, the buses have plastic seats.
For passengers’ convenience, the process to construct 878 bus stops and shelters, where the passengers will wait from, is already ongoing. Consultations are also on with KCCA to urgently put in place and paint bus lanes for parking purposes.
All this type of arrangement, Mucunguzi says, will rapidly decongest the city. The travel fares too will be constant whereby travelers will be free to make monthly, weekly or even annual payments and be issued with a card. Among other features meant to enhance security and combat crime, the buses will each have surveillance cameras which police will frequently utilize to identify, isolate and nab wrong doers, if any on the buses.
WHY THE DELAY?
Prompted to explain the delay in the arrival of the first batch which has been changing from October and later on December, Mucunguzi attributed it on the Chinese manufacturers being overwhelmed by worldwide demand. He says that although Zhengzhou Yutong Group; the Chinese bus-making company, has capacity to manufacture 200 buses a day, the worldwide market sometimes overwhelms them. “They are faced with a worldwide market implying it’s not easy to place your order and enter their manufacturing schedule. It takes quite a while and that is how we have ended up with these delays, otherwise we are ready.
The perceived delay isn’t about anything else,” Mucunguzi explained. He anticipates over 3500 jobs being created in the first six months of the company’s operations. “We are looking at 300 drivers, 300 conductors and almost an equal number of customer service consultants for every 100 buses,” he says adding that the drivers will serve under a shift system whereby, to avoid fatigue, nobody will operate/drive for more than 8 hours a day.
January 5th, 2012, 12:26 AM
too bad we havent really seen any major activity since this story came out.
January 7th, 2012, 11:03 AM
too bad we havent really seen any major activity since this story came out.
We just have to be patient. :)
January 11th, 2012, 09:58 PM
January 13th, 2012, 07:40 PM
4,000 recruited as pioneer easy bus prepares to roll
Passengers wait to board a bus in Kampala. Kampala Capital City Authority has granted a licence to a company, Pioneer Easy Bus to manage the Kampala public transport business.
By Risdel Kasasira (email the author)
Posted Friday, January 13 2012 at 00:00
Free economy. Pioneer Easy Bus aims at introducing 522 buses in the city which is likely to threaten the commuter taxi industry. But KCCA says it will leave the situation to the market forces to determine.
While one of the major reasons 14 seater-commuter taxis have been tolerated for so long is that they absorb a large number of unemployed youth but they have been blamed for traffic congestion in the city and in many cases have won political support.
From drivers to conductors to the menacing touts and “brokers” who often times grab a passenger and claim a commission for loading the taxi, the industry has been a lifeline for thousands thus stemming crime.
And as the city makes attempts to minimise traffic by introducing buses with a capacity to carry more people, the major concern remains on what the fate of those employed by the taxi industry will be.
Can the buses absorb those likely to be rendered jobless by the exit of taxis?
In 2007, Pioneer Easy Bus was given a three-year pilot contract to try out possibilities of mass commuter transport in the city as the authorities tested ways of phasing out taxis.
In 2011, after a successful three-year test, the company won a five-year concession to manage public bus transport.
As it plans a major roll-out this year by setting up waiting sheds at major stages across the city, the company says contrary to fears that it will lead to massive unemployment, they will create more jobs.
Mr Ondaki Mucunguzi, a company official, says from drivers to conductors and ticket sellers, the company plans to create at least 4,000 new jobs in the transport sector.
This will be done by partly switching from taxis to buses and new entrants, Mr Mucunguzi says.
To run the 522 buses, the company says it will introduce a 24-hour shedule where between 1,000 and 1,500 drivers will be required and a similar number is expected to work as conductors while an extra 1,000 are expected to do auxiliary responsibilities such as ticketing officers and clerks.
“Each bus will have three conductors and three drivers. By the end of next year, we shall have brought all 522 buses,” Mr Mucunguzi said. The drivers and conductors will also be trained in customer care.
In a country where unemployment among youth is above 83 per cent according to a recent report, the 4,000 additional jobs will come as a necessary jab but might be still too little to make a great impact.
The bus drivers and conductors will work in a rotational routine of eight hours unlike the current taxi drivers who work for 16 hours on average.
The director of planning for Kampala Capital City Authority, Mr George Agaba, says they do not have statistics on how many people are employed by the taxi industry currently but adds that there should be no reason for panic by those employed by taxis.
Mr Agaba assures the taxi drivers that they will not be chased out of the city.
“This is a free economy. We have not made that plan to get the taxis out of the city. Buses and taxis will both compete. It will be the market forces to determine who remains and who goes,” he said.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, reiterates Mr Agaba’s comment adding: “We do not know how many taxis are operating here. That is why Utoda has been fleecing us.”
He welcomes the idea of introducing buses but wonders whether this would decongest the city.
“It goes back to poor planning. With these small roads, the buses might congest instead of decongesting the city,” Mr Lukwago said.
Cant Wait For Our Beloved Buses
By Josepha Jabo
The appearance of the light green and gray Pioneer Easy Bus stops with wooden benches (they double as bus shelters providing shade against the sun and shelter against the rain) on city pavements have excited Kampala City dwellers. Manufactured by Yutong a Chinese-based firm, according to Pioneer Easy Bus Company (PEBC), the first batch of 100 buses, are expected in Uganda by the end of January 2012 and the 60-passenger capacity (30 sitting, 30 standing) yellow and orange buses will operate along Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area’s Eastern Route that is: Bweyogerere, Nakawa, Mukono, Kampala Road, Jinja Road, Bukoto, Naalya, Ntinda and Kiwatule.
PEBC comes with many advantages. Besides having a passenger capacity that quadruples a typical 14-seater UTODA taxi; PEBC will charge bus passengers half of what UTODA’s commuter taxis are currently charging in transport fares. This will be a relief to the general public because in the article titled, ‘Utoda in panic over new contract’ published on 26 June 2011, Sunday Vision reported, ‘International reports indicate that Uganda’s public transport is one of the most expensive in the world.’ Through PEBC’s ticketing offices passengers will be able buy their tickets before they board. There will also be weekly and monthly plastic travel cards. This is very convenient as it immediately eliminates the usual fumbling for change (or balance) with taxi conductors who are fond of abusing passengers who give them large denominations like Ug Shs 20,000 or Ug Shs 50,000 notes.
Under PEBC fares will be fixed, yet, the most grievous of Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA) taxi operators’ offences is the sudden hiking of transport fares and passengers have no choice but to pay. Worse still, once taxi fares are hiked they never revert. Furthering the exploitation, in the absence of fixed transport fares, traffic jam, increased fuel prices, and the Christmas Season are some of the reasons taxi operators give for overcharging hapless passengers. The general public has also been an unwilling witness scuffles between taxi conductors and taxi touts fighting over a few coins which is an indication of the un-seriousness of Uganda’s current public transportation system under UTODA. The road-worthiness of some of these ‘matatus’(DMCs) is also questionable.
Actually, bus-stops at regular intervals eliminates a taxi passenger’s prerogative to determine his or her stage. What is more, PEBC will stick to set bus routes and a schedule, while UTODA taxis are notorious for veering off set routes much to the chagrin of commuters.
Some UTODA taxis drivers recklessly endangering passengers’ lives. They are dirty, for example, during the 2011 Christmas period Uganda’s Traffic Police resumed an operation to crack down on road users who do not wear seat-belts—as they should. However, in UTODA taxis’, seat-belt wearing has always been a problem for passengers because taxi seatbelts (if they are there) are always dusty and dirty. UTODA taxis are narrow and cramped; hence the limited space makes embarking and disembarking difficult for passengers. UTODA Taxis often have sharp, metal jutting out of passenger seats which sometimes scratch passengers thus exposing them to tetanus.
Economically, monopolies eliminate competition to the detriment of service delivery whereas competition immediately improves service delivery and for over two decades that is exactly what UTODA has been, a monopoly in Uganda’s public transport sector. Yet, monopolizing has affected UTODA’s both professionally and in the quality of their customer service.
In conclusion, with the advent of buses, UTODA is going to face serious competition forcing it to pull up its socks or risk being outcompeted by PEBC as both buses and taxis will operate side-by-side resulting in an immediate improvement in Uganda’s Public Transport’s service delivery because that is exactly what competition does.
The Writer works for Uganda Media Centre
February 3rd, 2012, 05:28 PM
KCCA to redesign City roads to accommodate buses
NEWS | FEBRUARY 3, 2012 AT 12:40 PM |
Kampala Capital City Authority finalized plans to redesign city roads to create special lanes for city buses starting early March.On Tuesday, Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, the KCCA executive director said government signed a contract with Pioneer Easy Bus to provide bus services in the city centre.
She said the arrangement is near completion adding that a total of 100 out of the 500 buses have already docked at Mombasa awaiting clearance to Kampala.Musisi said starting early March bus services shall be available for city drawlers alongside taxis on major routes in and out of the city centre.
She said among the modalities on the city roads to ease traffic and accommodate the buses include marking specific lanes and prohibiting other vehicles from accessing the bus lanes for efficiency.But Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago sounded skeptical about the bus arrangement. He said KCCA has not been availed with the bus agreement government signed with Pioneer Easy Bus Company.
According to Lukwago, the contract would be able to lay out the obligations and duties for KCCA, government and the proprietors.Lukwago said while he supports the idea of introducing buses, prior arrangements need to be worked out to address the basics that include bus parks, bus stops and marking out the lanes.
Alfred Ntambazi, the chairperson KCCA committee on physical planning and engineering said the bus system has already been adopted at the committee level. and Ntambazi said Engineer Andrew Kitaka, the director in charge of engineering and works has been assigned the duty of drafting the flow of traffic with the introduction of the buses.
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February 5th, 2012, 04:22 PM
Uganda Business News: Pioneer Bus Services To Take Over City Transport
First published: 20120205 8:40:06 AM EST
Pioneer Bus Company is set to start its city transport services after procuring at least 100 of the more than 500 buses the company is expected to bring in to provide transport services within the city. Kampala Capital City Authority Licensed Pioneer Bus Company to provide bus transport services within Kampala.
The company today unveiled 30 buses they said are ready to start plying different routes in greater Kampala transporting people to and from Kampala to the suburbs.
The Manager of the company Savio Kakooza says the buses will improve transport in the city and the suburbs.
He says each of the buses carries 60 passengers and will transport more people at once. This is expected to reduce on traffic jam in Kampala and neighbouring areas.
However, many taxi drivers have cried foul over the new bus company set to take over city transport, with many claiming it will leave them with no jobs and may increase crime in Kampala.
But Kakooza says Pioneer Bus will be providing much more jobs that it might displace. He says when all their buses start work, Pioneer bus company will be the second largest employer in Uganda after the government.
February 5th, 2012, 08:51 PM
Uganda transport sector set for major facelift
PHOTO/LABAN WALLOGA Some of the buses imported by Pioneer Easy Bus Company, a Ugandan firm. The company has invested over US$10 million (Sh850 million) in a fleet of 522 modern buses that will operate in Kampala’s central business district.
By GITONGA MARETE firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Sunday, February 5 2012 at 18:43
Public transport in Uganda is set for major transformation with the launch of a passenger shuttle service that will offer transport services within the country’s capital city.
Pioneer Easy Bus Company (PEB), a Ugandan firm, has invested over US$10 million (Sh850 million) in a fleet of 522 modern buses that will operate in Kampala’s central business district, said Kakooza Savio, the company’s head of security.
“We have signed a concession of over four years with the government of Uganda to provide transport under public-private partnership and the service will start as soon as these buses arrive in Kampala,” he said at the Mombasa port where he was overseeing clearance of the first batch of 100 buses.
Each bus has a capacity of 60 passengers and special seats for the physically challenged and the aged.
“These are some of the most modern buses from the Chinese market designed to take care of all persons without discrimination,” he added.
This development comes at a time when controversy is raging in the public transport sector in Kenya over planned phasing out of the 14-seater matatus from Nairobi’s central Business District.
Matatu owners have protested over the proposal, saying thousands of young Kenyans will be rendered jobless.
The company, Mr Savio said, will replicate the same in other East Africa cities including Nairobi and Mombasa, which are grappling with congestion due to the high number of 14-seater matatus.
“Public transport in East African cities is facing a crisis with massive congestion due to lack of innovation in the sector, and these are the problems we intend to address,” he said.
Mr Herbert Odankie Mucunguzi, PEB marketing manager, said that to start with the buses will be operating within a radius of 10 kilometres before they roll out to a planned radius of 30 kilometres when all 522 buses arrive.
The Kampala Capital Authority (KCCA) has already designated 800 bus stages and bus stops in the greater Kampala metropolitan.
KCCA has a five-year agreement with PEB to run public transport in western and eastern parts of the City.
Mr Mucunguzi said the bus service will provide Ugandans with modern public transport services and offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in Kampala’s eastern parts of Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa, Namugongo.
The buses will also ply western routes of Natete and Rubaga.
Contrary to some taxi operators’ complaints in Kampala that the new buses will drive them out of business, Pioneer, the official said, will create more than 4,000 jobs as the shuttle will operate for 24 hours with an eight-hour shift.
“We are calling on qualified drivers to come and apply for jobs,” he said, adding that the electronic ticketing system it is going to adopt will also create thousands of job opportunities.
February 6th, 2012, 08:32 PM
Pioneer Easy Bus Gets First Batch
By Our Reporter,
The fleet of buses that arrived at Mombasa last week
Pioneer Easy Bus Limited (‘PEBL’) has received the first batch of 100 buses at the Mombasa Port, Kenya. John Masanda, Chief Executive Officer, confirmed that the first batch of the 100 buses arrived at the Mombasa Port aboard MV. Delphinus Leader voyage#009 on February 2 after which they will be expected transit to Kampala upon customs clearance.
“We are pleased to announce that the first 100 buses are finally here,” he said. “The buses got here in perfect shape and they shall be on their way to Kampala ahead of operations commencing in March 2012,” he said.
The new buses which have originally been assembled by Yutong Company in China will arrive in Uganda by the end of this month.
February 7th, 2012, 06:27 PM
First batch of Pioneer Easy buses cleared at Mombasa
By GITONGA MARETE & RISDEL KASASIRA (email the author)
Posted Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 00:00
Pioneer Bus officials have said the move will create about 4,000 jobs, including employment for drivers.
Public transport in Kampala is set for a major transformation with the arrival of the first batch of the passenger buses that will operate within the capital city. Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) company has invested more than $10 million (Shs23 billion) in a fleet of 522 modern buses, Mr Savio Kakooza, the company head of security, said yesterday.
Speaking at Mombasa Port where he was overseeing the clearance of the first batch of 100 buses, Mr Kakooza said the remaining 422 units would be delivered in the next few months. “We have signed a concession of over four years with the government of Uganda to provide transport under the public private partnership and the service will start as soon as these buses arrive in Kampala,” he said.
The PEB marketing manager, Mr Herbert Odankie Mucunguzi, said yesterday that for the start the buses will be operating within the radius of 10 kilometres before they roll out to the planned radius of 30 kilometres when the rest of the buses arrive. Kampala Capital City Authority has already designated 800 bus stops in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan.
KCCA has a five-year agreement with PEB, a transport company which was established in 2005, to run the public transport in western and eastern parts of the city. Mr Mucunguzi said the bus service is aimed at providing Ugandans with modern public transport services and will offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in Kampala eastern parts of Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogerere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa and Namugongo. The buses will also ply western routes of Natete and Rubaga.
Each bus has a capacity of 60 passengers and has special seats for the physically challenged and the elderly. “These are some of the most modern buses from the Chinese market designed to take care of all persons without discrimination,” he said.
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The company, Mr Kakooza said, would replicate the same in other East African cities, including Nairobi and Mombasa that are grappling with congestion due to the high number of 14-seater matatus.
“Public transport in East African cities is facing a crisis with massive congestion due lack of innovation in the sector and these are the problems we intend to address. In the spirit of the East Africa Community, our vision is to invest in transport in East Africa since there is great potential,” he added.
Contrary to some taxi operators’ complaints in Kampala that the new buses would drive them out of business, Pioneer officials said the company would create more than 4,000 jobs as the shuttles will operate for 24 hours with an eight-hour shift.
Meanwhile, the development comes at a time when controversy is raging in the public transport sector in Kenya over planned phasing out of the 14-seater matatus from Nairobi. Matatu owners have protested against the proposal, saying thousands of Kenyans will be rendered jobless.
February 9th, 2012, 05:12 PM
Uganda: Pioneer Buses Set to Ply in Kampala
BY JULIUS BUSINGE, 9 FEBRUARY 2012
Pioneer easy buses are set to start public transport on the routes which Pioneer Easy Bus company (PEB) was authorised to operate on, a top official has confirmed.
David Baingana, the company's director says they have a five year concession from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to conduct public transport on the Eastern and western routes of Kampala, the capital city. So far 100 buses have been cleared at Mombasa, in Kenya and upon their arrival, Baingana says they will start to work.
"We are delighted to take on this service and we promise to serve our customers with the best and cheap services," he said. A total of 522 buses will be imported from China where they are being manufactured. So far 100 buses have been cleared in Nairobi, Kenya and the balance of 422 will come in bits of 100.
Passengers on the Eastern parts of Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogerere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa and Namugongo are set to use the service. The buses will also go to the western routes of Bakuli, Rubaga and Natete.
For many years, public transport in Kampala has largely been conducted by 14-seater commuter taxis (matatus). Thus, the coming of such a number of buses would mean stiff competition in the transport business.
February 15th, 2012, 11:56 PM
The Pioneer Buses Are Now In Kampala
The first batch of the pioneer buses are already in Kampala.
The Pioneer Bus stops are already in place where passengers will have to sit and wait till the bus gets to the stage. The buses are now parked opposite Kampala Parents School and are expected to start operating on March 01.
In the UK for example, the transport system is streamlined to the extent that if there is a delay, the passengers at the bus stop will be notified on how long it will take for the next bus to show up at the bus stage.
Officials from the Pioneer Easy Bus have assured the public that there won't be any delays now that the buses are many. The buses will offer transport services within Luzira, Bweyogere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa and Namugongo among others.
The buses have a provision for the disabled plus a sitting capacity of 30 passengers and 30 standing.
February 17th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Uganda: KCCA to Decongest City
BY JULIUS BUSINGE, 16 FEBRUARY 2012
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is planning to decongest the city in a bid to transform the central business district, a top official has said.
Joseph Semambo, the acting director for physical planning at the authority told journalists in Kampala on Feb.15 that plans are underway to shift bodabodas and commuter taxis outside the city centre. "We know people will oppose this but at the end of the day they will be happy," Semambo said.
He added that public transport in the city is going to be taken over by buses which are expected to carry many passengers and gradually decongest the city centre. "Some buses have already come and I am very sure we will achieve our goal," he said.
The planner said KCCA will soon build the first bus lane from BAT Uganda to Wandegeya and then other lanes will be built later on. Semambo said the authority is ready to support the bus company in terms of infrastructure and advisory matters but warned they will be keen on the services the company will offer to public. "We have to monitor them closely to ensure that we don't cause problems which we have been having," he said.
Experts describe Kampala, the capital city a disorganised city with a bigger population staying in the city centre, having street vendors scattered everywhere and with so many boda bodas, private cars, commuter taxis and taxi parks located in the city centre. City Authority says things have to change for Kampala to be recognised as a clean city in East Africa and world over.
First batch of city buses arrives
By Risdel Kasasira (email the author)
Posted Monday, February 13 2012 at 00:00
The first batch of Kampala Pioneer Easy buses arrived in the country yesterday, kicking off preparations for a major change in public transport in the city. The 60-passenger shuttles will offer transport services within Kampala.
Pioneer Easy Bus Company spokesperson Connie Nankya said 40 buses were cleared yesterday and 60 were still on the way from Mombasa. “We did not want to congest the roads with all 100 buses. That is why we decided to first bring these 40 before the next batch comes at the beginning of next week (this week),” she said.
Ms Nankya said they will start operating at the beginning of March. PEB has invested over $10 million (Shs23 billion) in a fleet of 522 modern buses that will operate in the Central Business District.
The company imported the first batch of 100 that arrived in Mombasa last week. The remaining 422 units will be delivered by the end of this year. Kampala Capital City Authority has already designated 800 bus stages and bus stops in the greater Kampala Metropolitan.
KCCA has a five-year agreement with PEB to run the public transport in western and eastern parts of the city. PEB is a transport company that was established in 2005.
The PEB marketing manager, Mr Herbert Odankie, said the bus service is aimed at providing Ugandans with modern public transport services and will offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in the Kampala’s eastern parts of Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogere, Ntinda, Mulago, Nakawa and Namugongo. The buses will also ply western routes of Nateete and Rubaga.
February 18th, 2012, 12:55 AM
The First 60 Kampala Buses Sitting in one of Kampala's Large mounds of land .A new Bus deal is expected to be signed with mukono,wakiso,entebbe and Kampala .The bus stops are all completed and the drawing of bus lanes and fixed fares is taking place the buses are expected to start running in march if their are no delays.
February 20th, 2012, 11:23 PM
Pioneer Easy Bus launches next month
Pioneer Easy buses paraded in Kampala. PHOTO BY YUSUF MUZIRANSA
By Risdel Kasasira (email the author)
Posted Tuesday, February 21 2012 at 00:00
Officials remained tight-lipped about the fares. The buses are expected to hit the road on March 9.
Pioneer Easy Bus Company has unveiled 100 buses out of the expected 522 to the media. These will join public transport in the greater Kampala area, ahead of its grand launch early next month.
The first batch of Kampala Pioneer Easy buses arrived in the country two weeks ago, kicking off preparations for a major change in public transport in the city. The 60-passenger- sitter shuttles will initially offer transport services in Ntinda, Luzira and Bweyogerere in eastern Kampala city.
Pioneer Easy Bus Company spokesperson Connie Nankya did not divulge the fares to be charged but said they will be affordable to the passengers. “We are planning a launch that will see the unveiling of the buses to the public. It is on this very day that we shall reveal the exciting bus rates. We intend to make public transport, convenient so we shall not have payments on the buses,” Ms Nankya said yesterday.
She added: A person will be required to buy a ticket from our agents who shall be everywhere. The ticket shall be availed to the conductor who will stamp it, after which they board the bus until their final destination.” However, in future she said, PEB will introduce electronic system where passengers can access cards that they can load on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
The company imported the first batch of 100 shuttles and the remaining 422 units will be delivered by the end of this year. At yesterday’s press conference, addressed by a cross section of city councillors, the Kampala Lord Mayor, Mr Erias Lukwago, was questioned why he was against the rolling out of the city buses.
Last week, Parliament questioned the rollout of Pioneer Easy Bus Company services in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono, following inquiries into whether its contract was valid.But Ms Nankya insists that PEB has a valid contract and will go ahead with their plan to rollout in east and west of Kampala.
This follows a petition by Kiira, Nansaana, Mukono and Entebbe local councils, questioning Kampala Capital City Authority’s mandate in determining the buses routes in their areas.
However, Ms Alum Santa Ogwang, the Oyam Woman MP, cautioned against halting the rollout of the bus service warning of the consequences that come with terminating contracts.
February 21st, 2012, 09:30 PM
Uganda Business News: KCCA Asked To Review Pioneer Bus Contract
First published: 20120221 10:45:25 AM EST
Parliament has directed KCCA to review the contract that was signed with the pioneer easy bus company before they can approve the bus company to start operations in the city.
The Parliament's committee on Public service and Local government Friday suspended Pioneer Easy Bus Company Ltd operations after a petition from Mukono and Wakiso authorities petitioned parliament over the matter.
The committee chaired by Kalungu woman MP Florence Kintu today noted that the idea of the bus operations is better since it will offer cheap transportation ranging from 500 shillings a journey of 10km and 1000 for a journey above 10km
Both the lord mayors Elias Lukwago and KCCA E.D Jennifer Musisi agree that there was a breach of contract on both parties but well as Musisi insists that the contract is still binding the lord mayor says that there is no contract.
The committee chairperson Florence Kintu is now tasking the 2 officials to put aside their fights and review the contract with all stake holders. The petitioners are demanding to know how their districts will benefit since the bus company is to pay 300,000 shillings per bus to KCCA yet they will be moving as far as Wakiso and Mukono
KCCA agrees to review bus deal
The company’s buses will not hit the road anytime as earlier planned.
By Mercy Nalugo (email the author)
Posted Wednesday, February 22 2012 at 00:00
Transparency. The authority’s contract with Pioneer Easy Bus still lacks enough consultations with key stakeholders to clearly mark out its transport operations in the city.
Kampala Capital City Authority officials have admitted that the contract they signed with Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) needs to be reviewed urgently before the buses can carry out operations in the city.
KCCA team led by the Executive Director, Ms Jennifer Musisi, appeared before the parliamentary Public Service and Local Government Committee yesterday, saying the authority and PEB management are willing to make amendments to the contract.
Ms Musisi said the bus project, scheduled to begin next month, could not kick off immediately as earlier planned due to some precedent conditions that have not been actualised by all parties.
“The bus operations were unable to commence in the nature of form envisaged under the contract. PEB has already imported 100 buses leaving a balance of 422,” Ms Musisi said.
On December 16, 2010 government entered an agreement with the bus company to provide buses in the first four months of the signing of the contract but this was breached.
Last week, Parliament questioned the rollout of the services in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts following inquiries into whether its contract was valid.
The parliamentary investigations followed a petition by the Kiira,Nansana, Mukono and Entebbe local councils, who were led by the Mukono Municipality MP, Ms Betty Nambooze.
She questioned KCCA’s mandate in determining the bus routes in their areas without the implementation of the Metropolitan Physical Planning Policy in place.
The legislators also questioned why the buses were released without a guarantee from the Ministry of Finance and how the company solely acquired the contract without following proper procedures.
MPs in a meeting chaired by the Kalungu District Woman MP, Ms Florence Kintu, yesterday denied reports that they had blocked the bus project.
The lawmakers said they only called for transparency in the whole system.
“Parliament is not blocking the buses, we want them to roll out but with the involvement of authorities from Mukono, Nansana and Kiira. There is need to review, amend, modify and revalidate the contract and bring it up to date. If we do not do that, we shall crush,” the committee deputy chairperson, Ms Raphael Magezi, said.
Ms Musisi said the buses were to charge Shs500 for a distance within the radius of 10 kilometres and Shs1,000 for distances longer than 10 kilometres.
The fee, would, however be subject to annual reviews.
Pioneer Easy Bus management is today expected to appear before the committee while the minister is scheduled to appear tomorrow and clarify on some issues.
February 27th, 2012, 01:22 AM
KCCA finally sets bus fares
By MERCY NALUGO (email the author)
Posted Monday, February 27 2012 at 00:00
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in consultation with Pioneer Easy Bus Limited (PEB), a private bus company set to provide public bus services in the greater metropolitan Kampala, has finally fixed transport fares.
A Thursday meeting with PEB convened at KCCA headquarters in Kampala to discuss a range of issues, agreed to charge Shs800 for a distance within a radius of 10 kilometres to 12 kilometers on their designated routes in Kampala.
A source who attended the meeting said the officials, after hours of deliberations, set a flat fee of Shs800 for short and long distances to compete favourably with other players in the transport industry.
One will for instance pay Shs800 to go as far as Bweyogerere and Ntinda where passengers currently pay Shs1500 in taxis. Shs800 which is the standard fee that was agreed upon in the meeting, is half the price charged by commuter taxis (kamunye) for the same distance.
The meeting also agreed that in the meantime, the buses would operate in Kampala city as KCCA maps out other lanes outside the city. The officials also agreed to formalise PEB contract so that they begin work immediately.
KCCA Spokesperson Peter Kaujju was not available for a comment as he could not answer repeated calls but PEB Director David Baingana confirmed to Daily Monitor that the price was fixed last week.
“We agreed to fix the fares to a flat fee of Shs800 for easy administration and passengers shall be required to purchase cards to board the buses to their final destinations,” said Mr Baingana on phone yesterday.
Commenting on remarks by the State Minister for Works, Mr Stephen Chebrot, to the effect that the ministry was not consulted on the bus project and that there is no legal framework to regularise the bus services in the country, Mr Baingana said the ministry was fully brought on board. He said they have several correspondences with the then minister for Works, Eng. John Nasasira.
“As far as we are concerned, the minister’s statements were done in bad faith because there is a statutory instrument regularising the introduction of buses which was assented to by the works minister and gazzeted just like any other laws,” Mr Baingana said.
According to documents seen by this newspaper, the minister for works, on June 2010, convened a meeting with then KCC to ensure the implementation of a national-based bus transport programme in Kampala city.
Also the Traffic and Road Safety Regulations 2011 statutory instrument was put in place, setting guidelines to be followed. KCCA is yet to agree on the bus roads, routes, stops, and bus lanes.
Reacting to Mr Chebrot’s remarks, Mr Kaujju last week said the ministry was brought on board from the onset of the consultations. “There were high level consultations with government departments on this matter.
There was a lot of correspondence between KCCA and the ministries. There is also a letter from the then acting town clerk Ruth Kijjambu to the minister of state for transport, dated April 6, 2010, regarding the Traffic and Road Safety (Bus Services Regulations), 2010 statutory instrument of which copies were given to several other ministries,” Mr Kaujju said last week.
He said there is another one dated February 23, 2010, to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, titled ‘evaluation committee for operation of bus transport services in Kampala city’.
February 27th, 2012, 07:02 PM
Love those fares. Though I wonder how UTODA will take it. It will be a big blow for the matatus.
February 29th, 2012, 12:24 AM
Pioneer Easy Bus to start mid March
WEDNESDAY, 29 FEBRUARY 2012 00:59 WRITTEN BY EDRIS KIGGUNDU 0 COMMENTS
Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) Limited has shifted its start date from March 1 as earlier announced to March 12, following contestations over the contract it signed with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Besides sorting out contractual issues, The Observer understands that other technicalities like construction of bus lanes and road testing of the buses have to be pursued before PEB can roll out its services. Also, the company has agreed to conform to KCCA's uniform price of Shs 800 on all routes. PEB was contracted by the defunct Kampala City Council to operate bus transport in the eastern and western zones (Mukono, Luzira, Bweyogerere, Ntinda, Naalya, Kasubi and Wakiso) of Kampala. According to the one-year contract, the company was to receive an automatic five-year contract renewal based on its fulfillment of earlier contractual obligations.
It was tasked to import 522 buses within nine months and so far, 100 have arrived in the country. Appearing before Parliament last week, the KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, admitted that both sides were responsible for the failure to meet the terms of the contract.
Meanwhile, David Baingana, a director in PEB, told The Observer that Stephen Chebrot, the minister of state for Transport, was not being honest when he feigned ignorance of PEB while in Parliament last week. Chebrot told Parliament's committee on Public Service and Local Government that PEB is a faceless company and will not be allowed to commence its services before getting clearance from the line ministry.
The minister also said his ministry has to inspect the buses before they begin operations, drivers have to be subjected to tests [to assess] their competence and the required road infrastructure has to be in place. Baingana said while the minister might be new in the ministry, there is correspondence between PEB and the ministry, which he should have studied by now.
"Yes, he is new, but you cannot say he does not know anything about Pioneer. There are files in his ministry; there are commissioners there that we have dealt with. The minister is not being honest", Baingana said.
He added that the drivers had undergone the necessary driving tests.
February 29th, 2012, 01:30 PM
When I read the comments of the minister, I get a strong urge that he should be sacked. He is just seeing which way the winds are blowing and trying to cover his ass. No real courage, and sense of duty. I wonder how he got appointed, probably a political appointment.
February 29th, 2012, 07:16 PM
When I read the comments of the minister, I get a strong urge that he should be sacked. He is just seeing which way the winds are blowing and trying to cover his ass. No real courage, and sense of duty. I wonder how he got appointed, probably a political appointment.
thats the way many uganda politician are or were which is why our development is up and down
February 29th, 2012, 09:26 PM
Uganda Business News: MPs Tour Pioneer Buses Set For Kampala Transportation
Some of the Pioneer buses set to provide transportation services in Kampala.
Members of Parliament have today inspected some of the buses expected to ply the city routes, owned by Pioneer Easy Bus Company.
The MPs were taken to a Naguru based bond, which has at least 55 buses.
The Bus Company Chief commercial Officer John Masanda says there are a total of 100 buses in the country, admitting that they have not yet been registered for operations.
Masanda admits that the buses will not be able to commence operations tomorrow as earlier planned, pending a parliamentary inquiry into.
The chairperson of parliament’s committee on local governments Florence Kintu says they are awaiting a report from the Transport licensing board before making a final decision on the operations of the buses.
Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Namboze has however questioned the capacity of the buses, which have sitting capacity of 31 people and a reported standing capacity of 30 people.
Namboze says they are too small and may not provide the expected relief to the passengers.
The operations of the buses have been delayed by queries into their contract and lack of coordination between KCCA and the ministry of transport, among other issues.
All stakeholders in the sector are scheduled to meet tomorrow, after which Parliament will be expected to make a final report on the matter.
February 29th, 2012, 11:36 PM
MPs okay bus project
Chairperson of the Local Government Committee Florence Kintu (L) with MP Roland Mugume during the inspection of the buses in Naguru yesterday. Photo by GEOFFREY SSERUYANGE
By Mercy Nalugo (email the author)
Posted Thursday, March 1 2012 at 00:00
Legislators agreed that all stakeholders be brought on board to streamline all issues before the buses hit the road.
MPs on the parliamentary Public Service and Local Government committees have backed the Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) project and called on the Works ministry to hasten the process of inspecting and issuing the buses with operational licenses.
PEB, a private company, was cleared by Kampala Capital City Authority to introduce more than 500 buses in the country in a bid to decongest the city.
The legislators, during a fact- finding inspection of the buses in Naguru yesterday, also demanded that other stakeholders be brought on board before the buses can start operations.
“We all like the buses and they should begin work. What we wanted to do is confirm whether the buses were actually imported into the country. We, however, want all stakeholders to be brought on board,” Ms Florence Kintu, the committee chairperson, said.
She added: “The Ministry of Works will inspect the buses and offer you a licence so that the new contract is granted.”
Mr Roland Mugume (Rukungiri Municipality) asked KCCA to approve the lanes for the buses.
The committee is today scheduled to meet all the stakeholders including KCCA, PEB management and Works ministry officials to come up with a common position before the buses can be cleared.
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, however, said PEB must adhere to the statutory instrument number seven that regulates bus services in the country. She said the buses agreed to in the statutory instrument with a 60-seater capacity were not those that were imported into the country.
But the operations manager, Mr Jabbe Pascal Osinde, insisted that the buses are standard urban specifications that carry 30 passengers seats while 30 passengers stand.
“They are a standard equipment used worldwide and they are the best we could get for Kampala,” Mr Osinde said.
Ms Nambooze threatened to write a minority report if her concerns are not accommodated in the main report.
Responding to MPs’ queries that the bus drivers lack the necessary requirements for them to operate, the PEB chief executive officer, Mr John Masanda, said they had recruited and trained about 600 drivers.
Mr Masanda commended the work of the committee, saying it had helped them streamline their operations.
MPs tour Pioneer Easy buses
Publish Date: Mar 01, 2012
The number of buses is still unclear, according to the legislators. File photo
By Joyce Namutebi
THE parliamentary committee on public service and local government on Wednesday failed to see all the 100 buses said to have been imported by Pioneer Easy Bus Company to operate in Kampala.
Led by the committee chairperson, Florence Kintu, the MPs inspected buses parked at a Naguru bond and others in a bond near Kisekka Market in Kampala.
They, however, could not proceed to another bond said to be in Kireka having 21 buses because the committee clerk said he had a lot of work to accomplish before the committees sitting on Thursday.
The Thursday meeting is expected to be the last meeting with stakeholders to enable the committee compile its report for presentation in Parliament.
Kintu explained to the company's chief commercial officer, John Masanda and other officials that the objective of the visit was for members to see the buses, but that they were not responsible for inspection of the facilities.
Inspection of facilities, she said, was the work of the Transport License Board.
She urged the company to involve other local governments where buses will operate such as Wakiso and Mukono other than KCCA. She ruled out expectations that the buses start operating today (Thursday).
After inspection of the two bond facilities, MPs were however, divided on the actual number of buses they had counted.
Among the issues the MPs discussed with the company officials was the issue of security in the buses, the charges to be paid and whether they had trained drivers.
Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze after inspection, said they were not buses but coasters.
She disagreed with the officers that the buses could accommodate 61 people and requested them to make adjustments for the comfort of passengers.
Nambooze said she had counted 65 buses but company officials said there were 75 buses in the two car bonds.
Kenneth Omona warned the company against flouting government procedures.
Masanda revealed that out of the 600 drivers who had been recruited, only eight had had the required training. He said they had to pay to train the rest.
He said that in the next batch of buses to be imported, they would install CCTV cameras in them.
Pioneer Operations Manager, Jabbe Pascal Osinde told MPs that the Yutonga buses manufactured in China "are the best buses we can have on our roads."
The buses, he said, are environmentally friendly.
March 1st, 2012, 10:45 PM