Masaka Authorities Halt Collection of Dues Outside Taxi Park

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Vincent Ssentongo, the spokesperson Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owners Cooperative Society, says they cant follow the directives by the RDC because he doesnt know what agreement they have with Katwe-Butego division, which is in charge of the taxi park.

Security officials and Masaka Municipal council authorities have agreed to halt the collection of dues from commuter taxis operating outside the taxi park. The resolution was reached in a meeting chaired by Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Captain Kaweesa Kigozi on Tuesday.
 
 
Kigozi argues that there is no reason why Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owner's Cooperative Society-MUTDOCS, which manages Masaka Taxi Park, should continue collecting revenue outside the park. The meeting also banned taxis from loading and offloading passengers outside the taxi park. 



The decision came a day after taxi operators from Kampala stormed Masaka Central Police station on Monday to recover their vehicles that were impounded by Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owner's Cooperative Society-MUTDOCS for nonpayment of dues leading to violent clashes.
 
 
 
Three people were injured in the clashes when Police opened fire to calm down the situation. The Kampala taxi operators were prompted to storm Masaka following a directive by the President to the Directorate of Public Prosecution to pardon taxi operators facing crimes committed in the course of their operations.
 
 
He also banned the collection of dues from taxi operators outside taxi parks and directed the release of impounded taxis. Hillary Emma Musoke, the head of Special Duties at State house has asked taxi operators to stay calm and follow the fresh guidelines. According to Musoke, the presidential directive on taxis affects the whole country. He says government is ready to fulfill the wishes of the taxi operators to hell them benefit from their work.
 
 
Vincent Ssentongo, the spokesperson Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owner's Cooperative Society, says they can't follow the directives by the RDC because he doesn't know what agreement they have with Katwe-Butego division, which is in charge of the taxi park. He says of the directives may affect their daily collections yet they have to remit a certain amount of money to the council each month.