KCCA Operations Hit By Suspension of Taxi Fees

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In their petition, the drivers argued that the money was illegal because it was not sanctioned by the authority.

The operations of Kampala City Council Authority-KCCA have suffered a setback as a result of the high court ruling that blocked the collection of taxi operation fees. Last month, High court suspended the collection of 120,000 shillings from taxis as monthly operational fees saying the money was illegal. It came after taxi operators under the Drivers and Conductors Association-DACA petitioned high court challenging the legality of the fees. In their petition, the drivers argued that the money was illegal because it was not sanctioned by the authority.

Jonathan Kyeyune, the KCCA Public and Corporate Affairs manager says the suspension of the fees has affected their operations both at the center and division levels that are dependent on local revenue collection. Kyeyune told Uganda Radio Network that the revenue was used for monthly remuneration, overseas travel, garbage collection, workshops and training, printing and stationary, media advertisements as well as employee welfare and entertainment. He maintained that despite the current delays in remitting councilors wages, administrative work should continue without disruption at all council offices.

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Stella Tumuhaire, a Councilor at Nakawa Division is aggrieved that most of their operations have grounded to a halt. She says that revenue collection is the only way the Authority can supplement its budget.

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KCCA had instituted the revenue collection in March 2012 after it took over the management of city transport from Uganda Taxi Owners and Drivers Association.