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Kabale Taxi drivers, Cross country Transport Company Lock Clash Over Passengers :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kabale Taxi drivers, Cross country Transport Company Lock Clash Over Passengers

The transport company, known for its services to Kabale town and Kigali in Rwanda, recently expanded its operations, causing discontent among local taxi drivers.
Police Officers deployed at Cross Country Transport Company Offices (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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Taxi drivers along various routes, including the Kabale-Mbarara Highway and the Katuna –Rubaya-Butanda roads, are at odds with Cross Country Transport Company over passengers and route operations. The transport company, known for its services to Kabale town and Kigali in Rwanda, recently expanded its operations, causing discontent among local taxi drivers.   

In response to the company's actions, taxi drivers emptied their park next to the bus park and blocked Cross Country Transport Company from loading passengers or leaving the area on Monday morning. The situation escalated into exchanges of bitter words until security authorities intervened later in the day, led by figures such as Godfrey Nyakahuma, Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Reuben Mutabaazi, District Internal Security Officer, and Joseph Bakaleke, District Police Commander.   

The taxi drivers, represented by leaders such as Robert Kabengye and Saturday Byamugisha, accused Cross Country Transport Company of disregarding taxi business guidelines in Kabale District. They claimed that the company's establishment of separate offices in the bus park instead of the taxi park allowed it to avoid paying daily service fees. 

Additionally, they criticized the company for engaging in direct competition with taxi drivers rather than solely focusing on special passenger transport.

//Cue in: “twagala mugende wali…

Cue out: …mu Uganda.”//

Nyakahuma urged both parties to maintain calm and pledged to convene a meeting to explore potential solutions to the conflict.

//Cue in: “We are appealing…

Cue out: …Taxi here.”//   

The administrators of Cross Country Transport Company declined to comment on the matter when approached by reporters. As of press time, tensions between the two parties persisted, with taxi drivers determined to continue their efforts until the company complies with their demands.