Drivers Demand Suspension of Welfare Fees

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In short
Nasib Sserugo, a driver at Wobulenzi taxi stage says that they want the management of Bulemezi Taxi Operators and Cooperative Society to stop managing their fund due to lack of transparency.

More than 140 taxi drivers in Luweero town council have petitioned the district executive demanding the suspension of the collection of welfare fees citing lack of transparency.

 
The drivers are drawn from stages in Wobulenzi, Bombo, Kikyusa and Luweero town councils. Each of the drivers contributes Shillings 20,000 daily to the welfare fund, which is meant to help them in time of emergencies and personal development.
 

 
In their petition to the LC V Chairperson, Ronald Ndawula, the drivers accuse the leadership of Bulemeezi Taxi Operators and Cooperative Society, which manages the park for mismanaging the money.
 
 
The lead petitioner, Geoffrey Ssekiganda, says despite the fact that drivers contribute Shillings 20,000 each day, they only receive Shillings 100,000 month every six months, adding that the contractor doesn't account for the balance.
 

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Nasib Sserugo, a driver at Wobulenzi taxi stage says that they want the management of Bulemezi Taxi Operators and Cooperative Society to stop managing their fund due to lack of transparency.
 

Other drivers accuse the contractor of making selective payment to the beneficiaries.

 
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Ali Mutebi, the Chairperson of Bulemeezi Taxi Operators and Cooperative Society denies mismanaging the driver's welfare fees, saying  not all the money collected is necessarily savings for the driver. 



He says some of the money is paid out to the collectors while the other is retained by the Cooperative society. Mutebi says they allowed the drivers to appoint a committee to manage their money, but they mishandled it forcing them to suspend it.

 

However, the drivers will not have any of this. They have tasked Ronald Ndawula, the Luweero LC 5 Chairperson to suspend the welfare fees until the issue of accountability and how the drivers will benefit from the money are resolved.



Ndawula has promised to investigate the matter and take appropriate action in consultation with respective town councils


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The drivers have given the council a week's ultimatum to address their concerns or else they stage a sit down strike.
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.