Leaders Decry Traffic Chaos in Masaka Municipality

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Early last year, Masaka municipality contracted Masaka Taxi Drivers Operators and Owner Cooperative Society- MUTDOCS to manage taxi business in the municipality. The contractor was tasked ensure that all public service vehicles return to the taxi park.

Delays in the completion of Hobert and Buddu Streets in Masaka municipality are fueling arguments on the management of the transport industry in Masaka.

The streets lead to the main taxi park in the municipality. However, due to their poor state, drivers are continually avoiding them opting for roadside loading of passengers. Bashir Tamale, a taxi driver says the current state of the streets leading to the main taxi park is not ideal for motor vehicle traffic.

But area leaders say that parking in ungazzeted areas and roadside loading, creates disorder in the municipality which is rooting for a city status.

Mary Babirye Kabanda, the Masaka district Woman Member of Parliament says that the existence of public service vehicles all over the streets creates a chaos, promotes insecurity and poor sanitation. Kabanda wants municipal authorities to immediately return the taxi operators to the main taxi park. 
 
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Abed Bwanika, the Peoples' Development Party President has also criticized Masaka municipal authorities for looking on while disorder takes root in the town.
 
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Early last year, Masaka municipality contracted Masaka Taxi Driver's Operators and Owner Cooperative Society- MUTDOCS to manage taxi business in the municipality.  The contractor was tasked ensure that all public service vehicles return to the taxi park.

Masaka Mayor Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo says they extended the condition until the streets leading to the abandoned taxi park are fixed.  The streets are being upgraded under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Program, a World Bank initiative designed to enhance the institutional performance of selected Local Governments.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.