Kabale Taxi Operators Abandon Park

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Michael Aryaija, the proprietor of a restaurant along Kabale-Mbarara highway, says many of his customers have abandoned his restaurant due to lack of parking space. He wants the municipality to force the taxi operators to move back to the taxi park.

 The decision by Taxi drivers in Kabale town to abandon the taxi park has irked traders. Recently, Taxi operators abandoned Kabale main taxi park and opted to operate on the roadside citing the poor conditions in the park. 



Alex Muhwezi, a taxi driver plying the Kabale-Mbarara highway, says the taxi park is full of potholes, which hinder their operations. He says passengers find it inconveniencing to go to the park, which has promoted them to hunt them from the roadsides. However, Fulgence Kamukama, another driver says traditionally drivers have a tendency of competing for customers that has pushed them on the streets.



Currently, the taxi drivers load and offload passengers in front of shops and hotels, which has caused congestion in the town. However, the move has angered the business operators and hotel owners. The hotel owners accuse the taxi operators for parking in the spaces traditionally used by their customers, which is pushing away their customers.



Some of the affected hotels include Kabale London Image, Home Again, World neighbors Inn, Skyline and Sunland among others. Micheal Aryaija, the proprietor of a restaurant along Kabale-Mbarara highway, says many of his customers have abandoned his restaurant due to lack of parking space. He wants the municipality to force the taxi operators to move back to the taxi park.
 
 
Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale Central Division LC III chairperson, says the claims by the drivers are unfounded. According to Byamugisha, the taxi drivers have no reason for operating on the streets and should move back to the park.
 
Charles Magumba, the Town Clerk Kabale Municipality, says they are planning to rehabilitate the park to address some of the concerns raised by the drivers.
 


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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