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35 Taxi Touts Charged, Remanded for Defying Traffic Guidelines

The 35 were arrested from the Post office, Total Petrol Station along Mbarara Masaka Road, Buremba Road, and Independence Road, among others, and charged for operating outside the gazetted bus and taxi parks contrary to provisions of the Traffic and Road Safety Act.
Grade 1 Magistrate His worship Cleopan Muhanguzi Copan

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Up to 35 taxi touts have been charged and remanded to Nyabuhikye government prison in Ibanda District for defying traffic guidelines.

The 35 were arrested from the Post office, Total Petrol Station along Mbarara Masaka Road, Buremba Road, and Independence Road, among others, and charged for operating outside the gazetted bus and taxi parks contrary to provisions of the Traffic and Road Safety Act.  

Their arrest followed a security committee resolution to stop taxis and buses from loading passengers outside the gazetted areas of operation. On Thursday, the group appeared before Mbarara Municipal Court Magistrate Cleopan Muhanguzi Copan where prosecutor Andrew Abaine Taremwa told the court that on October 28, 2021, the accused persons were found operating in total disregard of the law.

Muhanguzi said that the same group of people has appeared before him on the same charge before and were given lesser punishments. He added that because the city needs to be a safe place with a conducive working environment, he opted for custodial punishment as a signal to others with the intent to act outside the law. He remanded the accused to prison until November 24 2021.    

Out of the 35, Joshua Twikirize one of those arrested from the global fuel station along the Mbarara- Masaka highway pleaded guilty to the charge and asked the court for a lesser punishment. His plea was also backed by the State Prosecutor who told the court that the accused deserved lenience because he is a first-time offender and had not wasted court time. Muhanguzi however remanded him until November 1, 2021, for his sentencing.

James Mwesigye, the Resident City Commissioner directed that the enforcement of the city and police arrest them as a precaution to avoid an enemy.

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The move comes at a time when the country is dealing with threats to its security following two separate incidents where suspected bombs exploded and claimed two lives.

The remanded are Denis Turyasingura 28, Alex Mugisha 25, Januario Musinguzi 37, Brain Akampurira 28, Vincent Kabarebe 30, Moses Nuwabaine, Haward Tindyebwa 18, Aron Ogwang 26, Francis Kyebirwoha 30, siraje Kyoga 41, Elias Muhereza 52, Brain Anthony 29, Yusuf Kayiso 37, Joshua Twikirize 24 and Saidi Muhoozi 50 others are Hussein Lukwago, Mudasiru, Ssentongo, Aine Muhammed, Innocent Asingwire, Dennis Nuwagaba, Asuman Ssentamu, Shafiq Mwanda, Edward Byamukama, Byamukama Moses, Musa Musoke, Bright Muhanguzi, Osbert Twashaba, Akim Ampumwize, Saja Mazamiru, Collins Mwesigwa, Umaru Hamuza, Boaz Namanya, Nathan Ishebakuru, Alex Karema, Issa Kasozi  

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