Drivers from Sembabule district want the curfew hours adjusted. The curfew which starts at 7:00pm and ends at 6:30am has been running for almost two months, as part of the
lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The drivers under their umbrella, Sembabule Kigege Taxi Drivers
and Conductors Association argue that their operations are disrupted with the on-going
enforcement of curfew orders.
William Abaho, one of the drivers commuting Sembabule-Kampala
route says their journeys require them to operate outside the set curfew period.
He argues that operating within the set limits of curfew hours
will require them to over speed which may result in accidents as drivers rush
home. Abaho suggests that the curfew commencement should be pushed to 9:00 pm instead of
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Stephen Ssentongo, another driver, says that there are many
early morning passengers mostly traders who are going to be affected because they travel past the curfew time.
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The drivers have also resolved to formally petition the Kampala
Capital City Authority-KCCA demanding that Sembabule is allocated an
independent parking point away from Masaka Stage where they currently park.
Joseph Kadogo, the association’s Secretary-General argues that
they are currently harassed by their counterparts at Masaka stage in the new
Taxi Park, where they charged exorbitant fees.