Row Erupt between Mbarara Drivers and Their Leadership

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Godfrey Mutyaba, one of the drivers says their biggest concern is the failure by their leaders to organise general meetings where members can table their concerns for redress.

There is a bitter row between Mbarara Taxi Drivers and the leadership of Mbarara United Taxi Operator's Cooperative Union Limited for alleged maladministration. Mbarara United Taxi Operator's Cooperative Union Limited manages revenue collection in Mbarara Taxi Park.

More than 300 taxi plying different routes to Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kabale, Rukungiri, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Ibanda, Kasese, Fort portal and Masaka districts operate in the park. The operators pay between Shillings 4200 and 7000 each day as loading and offloading fees. However, taxi drivers accuse the leaders of extortion and failure to account for member's contributions for the last four years.

 
The drivers claim that their vehicles are impounded over flimsy reasons and they are charged between Shillings 20,000 to 30,000 to be allowed to resume work. They also accuse Robert Beyagira, the Chairperson Mbarara United Taxi Operator's Cooperative Union and his vice chairperson, Sunday Bukenya of conniving to make decisions on their behalf without consulting them.
 
Godfrey Mutyaba, one of the drivers says their biggest concern is the failure by their leaders to organise general meetings where members can table their concerns for redress. Julius Twesigomwe, another driver says the behavior of the taxi park leadership is unpalatable, adding that they can't allow things to continue this way.
 
He explains that they have already sought the intervention of Mbarara Mayor and the Resident District Commissioner. However, Sunday Bukenya, the vice chairperson of Mbarara United Taxi Operator's Cooperative Union denied any wrong doing, saying the drivers are being misled by people with ill motives.
 
He also claimed that some of those inciting the drivers are nonmembers of the union. The Mbarara Mayor, Mayor Robert Mugabe confirmed receiving complaints from the drivers, saying plans are underway to address their concerns.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.