Even Pabwato transporters increase fares in Mongu

Marine passenger operators on the Mongu and Kalabo water ways Kalabo have increased their passenger fares by KR 10.

The marine passenger fares increase is with effect from last week.

Passengers travelling from Mongu to Kalabo that used to pay KR 110 are now paying KR 120, while those that used to pay KR 100 travelling from Kalabo to Mongu are now paying KR 110.

In an interview with ZANIS in Kalabo today, Craig Eastcroft owner of the Barotse Express speed boats operating between Mongu and Kalabo said that the increase in passenger boat fares was due to the recent increase in fuel prices.

Mr Eastcroft said that he personally had no intentions of increasing the marine passenger fares and had held on to the old marine passenger fares for about a year but was prompted to immediately increase the fares due to the high increase in the prices of fuel.

Mr Eastcroft said that if the increase in the prices of fuel were by just about 2 to 5% he was going to hold on to the old marine passenger fares to maybe till July this year but since the fuel prices increased tremendously and by about 12% this compelled him and others to also increase the passenger fares.

And marine passenger commuters having slow moving Long Boats operating between Mongu and Kalabo whose passenger fares were at KR 90 and also negotiable have at the moment not yet adjusted their fares, said Njambi Kwali a ticket salesman for Joe Liwakala transport.

Meanwhile, a number of Kalabo residents have complained about the increase in passenger fares for Speed boats though others without surprise comprehending that it was due to the recent increase in fuel prices hence for commuters to follow suit.

Recently, government announced the removal of subsidies on fuel that resulted into the increase of fuel prices in the country.

Kalabo residents are forced to pay high transport fares almost equivalent Lusaka to Mongu which is a distance of about 500 km yet the distance from Kalabo to Mongu is just about 80 km.

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29 Responses to "Even Pabwato transporters increase fares in Mongu"

  1. Burning Spear   May 8, 2013 at 22:50

    Exploitation by greedly ambitious individuals with an extra appetite to milk the poor will never end.God help us.Iam speechless!!

    • agoni   May 9, 2013 at 09:21

      Indeed my bro Burning Spear…..

  2. Dodod Extinct   May 7, 2013 at 11:12

    These are somalian pirates lol!

  3. SIZIDZABWEZEDWAPONSODI   May 7, 2013 at 08:56

    Boss Ba Chimbwi no plan: RTSA does not control Marines Those are controlled in Kafue By a qualified Marine and all those Coxwines must be tested by him. Water transport is expensive we use 25litres diesel on land on a distance of 45Km for the same trip Banana boats use 120 litre fuel plus 3 ltres of Two stroke oil. calculate.
    For Moses: If the gpvernment subsidises Fuel especially Diesel or all Oils meant for production then there is nothing wrong in it. The poor are the mos affected when fuel is increase beacause they will not trow the price anywhere those that oparate passenger transport throw the price to passengers. and those oparating goods transport throw the expense onto the public ie commodities and fare prices will rise.Who suffers it is the poor.

  4. blackmuntu   May 7, 2013 at 07:26

    The picture in this article is of Somali Pirates.

  5. Barotse Express   May 7, 2013 at 06:56

    The majority who’ve posted a comment in stating running costs for water transport (speed boats in particular) are higher than automotive are correct. To be precise a bus traveling from Lusaka to Mongu will have lower running costs than a speed boat trip from Mongu to Kalabo. Petrol price increase is 15%, long haul bus fare increase is 15%, whereas pabwato transporters only increased fares by 9.6%… couldn’t be any more fair on the fares!

  6. Maverick   May 7, 2013 at 06:48

    Actually the distance between Mongu and Kalabo is just 50km or less on a straight clear line of sight (LOS).

    The people of Kalabo continue to suffer at the mess being created in LSK. Their incomes are relatively lower than their LSK counter-parts and yet they continue paying more of the cost of living due to transport woes. And people with regular and stable income are relatively fewer, you gotta feel for my people out there because they are having a relatively raw deal and they continue to be neglected. We are better off being part of Angola than Zambia in Kalabo.

    And according to Kambwili’s argument the government cannot continue to subsidise fuel because the people who drive are only very few. The dimwit forgot that the majority who don’t drive use public transport on long distances and they would be the ones to suffer the most than a fat rich driver who lives in Kabulonga and works in Woodlands.

  7. Chief   May 7, 2013 at 04:20

    Inde.ma salaries teikako so fuel nayo aikeko.Ndiye kunkhala uku.mungo wowota tyala na maphunziro muliye.Thats how we balance economy.malaiti nayo tuikako.ngati simufuna mukuke mulute kumunzi kwanu kwa mafuta,ku jembo,ku vubwi etc.Osati muno mu town kuti mukotipanga noise.Awuzeni alupia ampekoni ndalama zetola mgule fuel.

  8. ikafa   May 7, 2013 at 01:55

    Water transport is the most expensive these speed boats not only use fuel but a special oil which is very expensive the maintenance of the boats also is too high as they have to be serviced by qualified personel from lusaka & after a specified number of hours & if not attended to the engine will just not move I can equate this maintenence to that of an aero plane. Please go to Auto world & ask for the price of Boats & lubricants & service charge only then will you understand.unless you are talking of a canoe but how long will it take you to get to kalabo & back? The increase is justified we just have to bear the cost. The solution to this fuel increase is to have our learned friends in exploration to put their knowledge to practice & explore oil in this country or put up a refinery in Kalabo & import from neibouring Angola.

  9. riddick   May 6, 2013 at 23:31

    pf professional failing

  10. Moses   May 6, 2013 at 23:31

    Even in rich countries fuel is not subsidised; K4 trillion is alot of money, don’t look at this issue through political tinted lenses, this should have been done long ago.

  11. Chimbwi No Plan   May 6, 2013 at 21:44

    RTSA please intervine since u now control everything moving
    Even moving on water.

  12. Chimbwi No Plan   May 6, 2013 at 21:42

    RTSA please intervine since u now control everything moving
    Even on water.

  13. makhani   May 6, 2013 at 21:42

    AIRTEL is the worst when it comes to tax avoidance. all revenues the make out of zambia is externalised and only some amounts are sent back to zambia for salaries and small operational costs.

    The sad part is that the PF gvt is aware of these but due to corruption resulting from them having had cut personal deals they cant enforce.
    PF twachula pafula

  14. food   May 6, 2013 at 20:23

    you calm weka chikala.A poor man is in problems in deep poverty while you say we should calm .IDIOT CNP ..

  15. Mwape   May 6, 2013 at 20:22

    But, my humble knowledge is that water transport is supposed to be cheaper. Can somebody help me to understand this? How true is this theory?

    • The Intellectual   May 6, 2013 at 20:39

      My friend, water transport is more expensive because you burn more fuel

    • Galu nkekeke   May 6, 2013 at 20:51

      Cargo ferrying not speed boats I recall when I was working in Chilubi but with offices in Luwingu is was very expensive to travel on the lake. We were in a hurry for a mobilisation meeting and we needed a speed boart. we managed one from fisheries, we had to buy 80lts petrol and 60lts boat oil. and every time you travel you have to pour in oil, Banana boats take about 1.30hrs from chaba to chilubi and a speed boart takes 25 to 35 mins. its justified

    • Mundiku   May 6, 2013 at 21:13

      Marine transport is very expensive.

      1. There is high engine usage due to great water resistance, especially when going upstream. This also prompts for engines that are relatively more powerful (horse power) though small in size as compared to their “land” counterparts.

      2. Many marine engines are 2-stroke gasoline engines which, by their nature, a fuel gobblers even on land.

      3. The routes are longer by water because of constant meandering.

      The increase in fares is justified.

      • HE M.C.SATA   May 7, 2013 at 06:18

        Mundiku you are right infact the fares were supposed to be KR250.00 to make some economical sence.

        consumption in vehicles is ranging from 14litres/km to 8litres/ km but in boats it is almost 1 to 1 or even less in some situation.

  16. Country men and women let us remain calm

    • Moses   May 6, 2013 at 20:17

      very right, you can’t expect the government to subsidise the fuel in this day.

    • food   May 6, 2013 at 20:29

      ukoo chikala shut up.

    • James Bond 007   May 6, 2013 at 21:08

      Kudos yu’re not normal, i think yu’v got sperms in head not brains.

  17. kamizhi   May 6, 2013 at 20:00

    Kalabo central and Sinjembela please kick out Miyutu and Poniso respectively. The Pathetic Fools have effectively decampaigned themselves.

    • Mundiku   May 6, 2013 at 20:54

      They’re already out, as far as we’re concerned. The rest is for the UPND leadership.

  18. Bad eggs multiplying   May 6, 2013 at 19:56

    More money in the pocket. I am sure 12-15% increase is not bad for those who voted for PF but Alas bad for us who could see it coming.

  19. Kawaile   May 6, 2013 at 19:41

    But why are so many people concerned or affected about this? I thought the PF authorities said that the fuel increase will only affect a few people who drives. My seven year old child asked me if the increase in paraffin will also affect only a few people who drives – then I laughed.

  20. Mouth Diarrhoea   May 6, 2013 at 19:33

    And yet somebody is building a stadium there.