Masaka Municipality Defends Allocation of Taxi Park Tender to Defaulters

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Matia Kakooza, the Kimanya-Kyabakuza division LC III chairperson and his counterparts Michael Mulindwa and Denis Lukanga Majwala of Nyendo-Ssenyange and Katwe-Butego divisions, say they are gathering evidence to petition court to overturn the decision.

Masaka Municipality has defended its decision to renew the contract of Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owners' Cooperative Society to manage the taxi park. 


Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owners' Cooperative Society has been running the taxi park since 2010 and is indebted to the council to the tune of Shillings 400 million.
 
 
The cooperative was expected to remit Shillings 56 million per month to the municipality. The cooperative has also been on the spot for allowing taxi drivers to operate along the streets, which prompted several drivers to stop paying dues since March this year.
 
 
However, recently, Masaka municipality renewed the contract of the same group to manage the taxi park. Both the Town Clerk,  Innocent Ahimbisibwe and Mayor Masaka Municipality, Godfrey Kayemba, says Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owners' Cooperative Society submitted the best bids.
 

According to both officials, the bid of Masaka Kigege Drivers and Taxi Operator's Cooperative society, expressing interest in the tender wasn't good enough, adding that the members of the group are unknown in the taxi business in Masaka.
 
 
Kayemba says they have put in place stringent conditions to ensure the contract abides with the terms of the tender.
 
 
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The award of the tender to Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owners' Cooperative Society has met stiff opposition from the division leadership in the municipality.


 
Matia Kakooza, the Kimanya-Kyabakuza division LC III chairperson and his counterparts Michael Mulindwa and Denis Lukanga Majwala of Nyendo-Ssenyange and Katwe-Butego divisions, say they are gathering evidence to petition court to overturn the decision.
 
 

According to Majwala, the bidding process was not transparent. But George Kiberu, the chairman Masaka United Taxi Drivers and Owners' Cooperative Society, says they have been meeting all their 
financial obligations to the council.

 

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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.