Lusaka bus operators cut fares

LUSAKA bus operators committee has reduced bus fares by 40 ngwee following Government’s decision to reduce fuel pump prices by 23 percent. And Commuters Association of Zambia president Aaron Kamuti has called on long distance bus operators to emulate local transporters and reduce inter-town fares in line with the fuel price reduction. Capital Buses proprietor Ishmael Kankhara announced the decision yesterday after a meeting at which they discussed the recent fuel pump price reduction by Government. “We have decided to reduce bus fares by K0.40 on all Lusaka routes effective Monday January 16. “This is in line with Government’s decision to reduce fuel pump prices, although as operators we have been hard hit by the dollar fluctuation against the Kwacha,” he said. Mr Kankhara said this would enable passengers around Lusaka enjoy the benefits of the fall of global fuel prices which was being reflected in the reduced pump prices. On Thursday, the Government announced a massive fuel reduction of over 23 percent in line with the fall in global prices of up to 50 percent. And Mr Kamuti has commended Lusaka bus operators for their gesture to reduce bus fares in line with the drop in global fuel prices. “As commuters, we are in support of the decision to reduce local bus fares. This move reflects the reduction in fuel pump prices as announced by the Government. “The previous reduction of K0.50 plus the current K0.40 gives commuters a reasonable amount off the cost of transport, and we hope that long distance operators with also respond favourably to the fuel price reduction to enable passengers benefit at that level,” he said. Mr Kamuti has since commended the operators for the quick response to the reduction and demanded that new prices be effected as soon as possible.

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