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Motorists in Fort Portal City Want Street Parking Contract Terminated

The contractor is on the spot for charging vehicles, which are parked on non-gazetted streets and collecting money beyond 6 pm. They argue that where cars are parked and charged are in front of business premises and yet the proprietors pay ground rent.
29 Oct 2021 12:02
Vehicles parked along Ruhandiika street in Fort portal.

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Motorists in Fort Portal City want the authorities to terminate the street parking contract.  

 

The municipal council awarded the street parking contract to Josenous Investments. According to the rates, motorists are supposed to pay 1,000 Shillings per hour when parked on gazetted roads in the city.

However, the contractor is on the spot for charging vehicles, which are parked in non-gazetted streets and collecting money beyond 6 pm. They argue that where cars are parked and charged are in front of business premises and yet the proprietors pay ground rent.

Alfred Rubaihayo Musinguzi a resident of Rwengoma accused the workers of the contractor of harassment and not issuing receipts to the motorists. He says that the contractor has been charging the motorists exorbitantly in contravention of the agreement its owners signed with the council.

“The workers receive money but they don’t issue receipts and they harass us. The city authorities should come up and review their contract,” Musinguzi said.

He said that the contractor has also gone ahead to collect money from vehicles parked along the highways like on Fort Portal-Bundibugyo road.

Jacqueline Mbabazi a resident of Nyabukara in the Central Division said that several cars have been clamped down by the workers of the contractor without clear reasons. Mbabazi adds that the contractor and the council have failed to sensitize the public about the parking system.

“Council should sensitize the people because ever since Fort Portal City was created there have been a lot of confusion. Our cars are being clamped without justifiable reasons,” Mbabazi said.   

Prosper Businge the Secretary for Finance at Fort Portal City Council said that the contractor started collecting money before accepting the contract offer.

Prosper also says that it is illegal for the contractor to charge motorists who have parked in non-gazetted places.

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John Bosco Rusoke the Deputy City Clerk says that they have received several all the claims put up are a new development and as Authorities, they will investigate them and come up with a common position to create harmony.

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Karuhanga, says that

Methodius Karuhanga, one of the Directors of the company says that whatever they have been doing has been within the contract they signed. According to Karuhanga, they are supposed to collect street parking on all roads except Kamuhiigi Road.

He however denied charging motorists after 6pm.

In January, the then Interim Mayor of Fort Portal City Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga wrote to the City Clerk, asking him not to extend the contract of the street parking that was awarded to Woodfix Technical Services.

Motorists accused the company of inflating the fees, double charging vehicle owners and failing to sensitize the public about the parking system.  

They said the company was also forcing vehicle-owners to buy parking coupons of 2,000 Shillings and refusing the 500 Shillings fees per hour. Also, the company was double-charging motorists for parking on different sides of the street within an hour and those who would refuse to pay were fined a sum of up to 5,000 Shillings after 48 hours. 

    

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