Taxi drivers resolve to strike

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In short
Joseph SSematte one of the drivers at Muyega stage insists that the drivers are not willing to go ahead with remitting daily dues to Uganda Taxi Owners and Drivers Association UTODA, in the absence of a contract with Kampala capital City Authority.

Kampala taxi drivers plan to stage another sit down strike trike to protest against the daily dues remitted to Uganda Taxi Owners and Drivers Association.

Joseph SSematte one of the drivers at Muyega stage says the drivers are not willing to remit any money to UTODA, in the absence of a contract with Kampala capital City Authority.

During a drivers meeting at Coopers Complex, Ssematte says  a sit down strike is the only option for drivers to avoid the harassment they are facing from the police and UTODA agents.

On Monday, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago directed the drivers to stop recognizing UTODA as an official agent of KCCA, saying there is no business contract between UTODA and KCCA.

Lukwago says KCCA plans to renovate the taxi parks before awarding the taxi park management tender to another contractor.

Joseph Ssematte, complains that for two days UTODA revenue collectors have been harassing drivers with the assistance of the police to pay for the monthly sticker and daily dues of 20,000 and 4500.

Ssematte says until Kampala Capital City Authority comes out with a directive for the drivers to pay UTODA, the drivers will stay put to their decision.

Jude Wassajja, another driver along Kansanga stage says the drivers have made a unanimous resolution not to pay money to UTODA agents. He insists the drivers shall only pay money direct to KCCA enforcement officers in the absence of another contractor.

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Wassajja allegs that police are working with UTODA to harass the drivers. He says the drivers have logged close to 200 complaints to police involving UTODA officials, but no action has been taken.

Wassajja cliams police have taken over the role of KCCA by monitoring and playing part in arresting drivers who resist paying money to the UTODA officials.

But Norman Musinga the District Police Commander Kampala Central Police Station says police presence is to grantee peace in the taxi business industry.

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Charles Kamya the secretary general UTODA denies instructing his officials from harassing drivers. He insists until when court decides on the matter drivers are obliged to pay the monthly fees and the daily dues to UTODA.

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