Minister Nasasira Resolves Ishasha Truck Driver Stand Off

1132 Views Mbarara, Uganda
A blanket amnesty has been granted to truck drivers who dodged the weighbridge at Ishasha border post in Kanungu district. The weighbridge introduced by the Uganda National Roads Authority, has become the a source of impasse between URA and truck drivers. The drivers rejected the Ishasha weighbridge on grounds that it is time wasting especially if they have already been weighed at the other points. It all started on Oct 4th when trucks heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo staged a strike protesting against the weighbridge. The drivers claimed that UNRA officers in Mubende extorted money ranging from 100 to 200 dollars under the pretext that their trucks won't be subjected to another weighbridge. At the height of the stand off, the drivers blocked the road and refused to remove their trucks, paralyzing movement along the border. On Tuesday however, Eng. John Nasasira, the transport and works minister, gave a blanket amnesty to all drivers. He ordered the UNRA authorities to weigh the trucks and not to penalize any drivers with extra axle load. The UNRA officials at Ishasha heeded to the ministers advice and the truck drivers headed off in glee. Police records show that about 100 trucks had spent a week at Ishasha.


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