Truck drivers in Isingiro District have protested the high taxes
imposed on them by the contractor.
They accuse the contractor of charging them exorbitant fees contrary to what is
stipulated in the Isingiro district local government Revenue Ordinance 3 2016.
According to the ordinance a small lorry carrying sand is supposed to
pay 2,000 shillings, a big lorry 3,000, a lorry of aggregate stones is supposed to pay
2,000, while a lorry carrying hardcore stones is charged 5,000 Shillings.
However, the truck drivers say they are charged 10,000 and 20,000 Shillings for
small trucks and between 20,000 and 30,000 shillings on every truck that is
carrying aggregate, sand and hardcore stones.
They add that they are also charged for carrying grass for manure
and soil which is not specified in the ordinance.
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Dickson Muhumuza, the Chairperson of Isingiro District Truck
Drivers and Owners Association want the contract cancelled.
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Michael Freeman, a truck owner says despite the taxes being high
contrary to those gazetted in the ordinance, the truck drivers are often harassed
by the staff of the contractor collecting the taxes.
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Aaron Turahi, the Chairperson LC V Isingiro says the contractor
has been warned against charging the truck drivers exorbitant fees.
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James Atwine, who was awarded the tender, denied overcharging the
truck drivers noting that the receipts presented by the drivers were not genuine.
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The contract to collect revenue across the district was awarded to
the Isingiro Matooke buyers and growers cooperative in June 2021. The cooperative is tasked to collect revenue
in all the 15 sub-counties and 8 town councils of the district.