State Minister for Transport Aggrey Bagiire has asked the Director of Traffic Dr Steven Kasima to transfer the Busoga North Region Traffic Police Commander Dickson Tweheyo. He accused him of poor conduct.
Bagiire says that a number of taxi drivers within Kamuli and Buyende districts have lodged complaints against Tweheyo whom they accuse of abetting corruption and manhandling them during arrests.
In one of the complaints, Moses Kinabile, the chairperson of Kamuli taxi drivers’ association stated that Tweheyo had impounded vehicles from several drivers and later blackmailed them into paying kickbacks to have them released.
“Most of these drivers are employed by other people. But even after paying the penalties and ready to receive the car from the regional police headquarters, the R.T.O still directs you to pay a release fee which is never receipted,” he says.
Musa Nsubuga, another driver from Kamuli district says that they are always arrested in a demeaning way even without defying police orders. Bagiire says the complaints had been transferred to the head of the Traffic Directorate.
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He, however, urged drivers to submit to police and avoid traffic vices like over speeding which has increased the rate of accidents on the road.