Police Disperses Taxi Operators

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Erisa Mudebi, the chairperson Kiwoko Taxi Operators Association KTOA, says many of their members have been taken to court andfined, adding that they cannot tolerate it any longer.

Police have used teargas and live bullets to disperse striking taxi operators in Kiwoko Town council in Nakaseke district.
 
 
It all started when the taxi operators decided to park their vehicles outside Kiwoko Town council offices this morning to protest the hike in the loading fees and fines for loading outside the taxi park.
 
 
They displayed play cards reading "Tukooye okututulugunya, lwaki mututwalanga mu kootinga tetulina musango?" literally meaning we are tired of being persecuted, why do you take us to court yet we have no case to answer?
 
 
They forced the council workers to lock up their offices until midday for fear of being attacked by the angry taxi operators.


 
As a result, the Police swung in action led by George Okumu, the Officer in Charge of Kiwoko Police Station.
 
 
Okumu says they decided to use live bullets and tear gas because the protestors had blocked Luwero-Ngoma road paralyzing transport.
 
 
All Taxis in Kiwoko Town Council are supposed to load and offload passengers inside Taxi Park. Those who defy this directive are Shillings 60,000 and a fine of 10,000 Shillings when they are taken to court.




Erisa Mudebi, the chairperson Kiwoko Taxi Operators Association (KTOA), says many of their members have been taken to court and
fined, adding that they cannot tolerate it any longer.
 
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Issa Sekito, a taxi driver accuses Emma Bakashabarunhanga, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of extorting money from them.
 
He says it's unfair for boda boda motorists who don't pay taxes to load passengers from anywhere who would have been taken by taxis.
 
 
 
Isaac Musanje, another taxi driver says they want
the by-law that prohibits them from loading outside the park reviewed. Each taxi pays Shillings 4,000 each day in operational dues.

Josephine Nabaggala, the Town Clerk Kiwoko Town Council, later met the taxi operators and promised to consider their grievances.


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By the time of filling this story KTOA leaders were still in a closed door meeting with the Town Clerk, LCIII Chairperson, and other local leaders.

 

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