The Chairperson of Wantoni Taxi Drivers and
Conductors Association in Mukono Municipality Abubaker Sserunjogi has survived
lynching from fuming members accusing him for mismanaging their savings.
Drivers had gathered at the municipal headquarters to
meet the senior community development officer to seek recommendation for blocking further
withdrawals of money from the association account as they were requested by the
bank then Sserunjogi also arrived.
The taxi drivers immediately confronted him on
accusations of conniving with other committee leaders to withdraw almost sixty
percent of their savings without their knowledge at the same time declining to
surrender the remaining balance to assist them buy food after missing out on government
James Nsimbi, the municipal enforcement officer and his team
rescued Sserunjogi from the annoyed members before locking him in the municipal
The association has over 200 members including
drivers, touts and conductors who claim to have saved between 150,
000 to 200, 000 shillings each before the lockdown was declared.
John Ntale, one of the aggrieved taxi driver says
they leant about their savings' fate situation after 42 days covid-19
lockdown draining their financial stability to the extent of failing to feed
//Cue in: “Eno embeera ebawadde…
Cue out: …sente zaffe”//
Another driver Ibrahim Kawuzi also says they would at
least have use the saved money to support their families go through the lockdown
period but the persons trusted with leadership misused it.
//Cue in: “Singa obukulembeze…
Cue out: …elye myaka assatu”//
However, Sserunjogi later revealed to us that he
used much of the money to support two members transport their relatives’ bodies
for burial at Bukedia district during this lockdown, but the move was not
supported by some of the members who are now trying to portray him as a thief.
The Municipal Spokesperson George Masengere notes
that they have managed to cool down the drivers before requesting them to
return after the lockdown is relaxed to settle the matters.
He notes that they also agreed for Sserunjogi to
surrender instruments of power which include the constitution and stamp to the
office of the CDO until matters are resolved.
He has also been blocked from withdrawing
money from the association account.