Kabale Taxi Drivers Protest Against Harassment

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In short
It all started on Wednesday evening when Muyambi and Akankwasa attempted to impound Bernard Byabasheija’s car. In the process, Katuhweera pulled out a pistol and attempted to shoot Byabasheija.

Taxi drivers along Kabale-Rubanda-Kisoro road on Thursday protested against harassment by Andrew Muyambi, the Officer-in-Charge of Traffic at Kabale Central Police Station and Joseph Katuhweera Akankwasa, the Kigezi Region Inspector of Vehicles.

It all started on Wednesday evening when Muyambi and Akankwasa attempted to impound Bernard Byabasheija's car. In the process, Katuhweera pulled out a pistol and attempted to shoot Byabasheija.

Today, all drivers under their umbrella, Highland Stage Drivers Association parked their vehicles at Esso in protest to express disappointment over Muyambi and Katuhweera's actions.  This left hundreds of passengers heading to Rubanda and Kisoro districts stranded.

The drivers also accuse the two officers for influencing police patrol attached to Muko police station in Rubanda district to harass them.


Byabasheija says that he was on Wednesday evening loading passengers at Esso Park when Muyambi and Katuhweera came to arrest him and impound his vehicle. 


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Isaac Bahati another driver says that Katuhweera's act of attempting to shot their fellow is uncalled for. He wants the two officers to reduce on harshness in order for harmony to be realized.

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Patrick Erineitwe and Richard Kakonzo says that whenever their cars are impounded, they are tired of paying bribes of 100,000- 200,000 shillings to Miyambi and Katuhweerwa without receipts.

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At around 12:30 PM, taxi drivers attempted to drive their vehicles through Kabale town to the office of the Kabale Resident District Commissioner but were calmed down by police under the command of Brian Ampeire, Kabale District Police Commander.

Ampeire called for calm saying that he will organise a meeting with aggrieved drivers and traffic police officers to look for solution about the misunderstanding.

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Rukiga //

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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.