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Haji Jamil Katongole Bakyansi, the Welfare Officer of Mbarara Taxi Drivers Association, says that they pay between Shillings 1.8 and 2 million each month in rent, which prompted them to construct their own offices.
Anti-riot Police deployed to disperse the protesting taxi park drivers and conductors (1)

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Police have used teargas and live bullets in Mbarara city to disperse Taxi Drivers and Conductors protesting the demolition of their offices still under construction in the taxi park.

The more than taxi drivers went up in arms when they saw a tractor deployed by the city authorities to demolish the offices, whose construction started on Sunday evening.

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//Cue in: “ako naka kanso…     

Cue out: …taxipark efuune office.”//

Haji Jamil Katongole Bakyansi, the Welfare Officer of Mbarara Taxi Drivers Association, says that they pay between Shillings 1.8 and 2 million each month in rent, which prompted them to construct their own offices. 

He says that they wrote to the city council seeking permission to construct the offices but didn’t receive any response.  

//Cue in: “tugyeho emu wasigareho…     

Cue out: …nga emirimo tugikora.”//

Yoramu Karamuzi, the Master Kasheshero Mitooma Stage, says they agreed with the council to follow all the policies and elected their leaders and agreed to move inside the park.     

He, however, says that it is embarrassing the very people who imposed on them policies are asking them to rent their offices. He says the kiosks housing their offices belong to some of the city councillors who rent them at a high cost.

 

//Cue in: “tukabinga emotoka eza…

Cue out: …bakorera omu taxipark.”//

 

Jomo Mugabe, the Chairperson Mbarara City South Division denied receiving any application from the taxi drivers asking to construct offices in the taxi park. He advised the drivers to put their request in writing to the council.

//Cue in: “ ngaha entuguka titukugyanga…     

Cue out: …kubagarukamu kandi kanabitu,”//

Efforts to get a comment from the city Clerk and mayor were futile since they were not in their offices and didn’t return our repeated calls.