Drivers Finally give Up management of Hoima Taxi Park

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Hoima Park row ends as HODRIFO is compelled to handover park Management.

Hoima Drivers Forum-HODRIFO has finally given up the management of Hoima Taxi and Bus Park.
 
 
Hoima Municipal council awarded HODRIFO that tender to manage revenue collection in the taxi park a year ago.
 
 
A few days to the expiry of their contract the drivers threatened not to hand over the taxi park to the municipality demanding for an extension of their time.
 
 
This morning, officials from the ministry of local government convened a meeting with the drivers and convinced them to hand over the taxi park management to the council.
 
 
 
The six hour long meeting held in the office of the RDC was chaired by Abdul Swamad Wantimba, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner Hoima.
 


It was attended by Hoima town clerk Amir Nsamo, Members of HODRIFO and those from the parallel drivers association Oil Region Drivers Association-ORDA.


During the meeting it was resolved that Hoima Drivers Forum peacefully hands over the taxi park management to municipal council to pave way for the new tendering process.


Speaking to journalists shortly after the meeting Wantimba said the resolution was inline with the law for HODRIFO to leave the park after expiry of its contract.

 
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Charles Mwijukye-Director local governments explained to the drivers that it was necessary for them to leave the park to avoid chaos.
 
 
 
Mwijukye asked Hoima Municipal council authorities to kick start the tendering process immediately to identify a new contractor.
 

During the meeting it was resolved that HODRIFO also reapplies for another contract in the next tendering process.
 

By this morning business was normal in the park with municipal council staff manning revenue collections both at the management office and at the park gates after HODRIFO fully handed over receipt books and other office instruments.


Last evening, Geoffrey Tibenda insisted that HODRIFO was going nowhere in the park although he did not elaborate more.


Battles between HODRIFO and Hoima Municipality over park management started on March 14 when Amir Nsamo, the Hoima town clerk abruptly terminated the drivers’ contract accusing them of failing to remit over 68 million shillings to the municipal council.

The drivers protested the cancellation of their tender and forced their way back into the park on April 1.The drivers argued that their contract period had not elapsed yet they had cleared all their dues to council.