There is complaint that Taxi operators are being overcharged. I imagine that before Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) fixes rates, it should first work from figures from the field. Many Taxi’s are on loan, there is need to make a survey of the amount of money these vehicles are capable of making on average on a daily basis, with the computations of the various expenses incurred, it should be possible to establish a fair charge that can be levied across the board. Hopefully, KCCA has done this homework before coming up with the charges.
Kampala Taxi Drivers Announce Sit-down Strike
Drivers endorsing the sit down strike
Residents of Kampala who us public transport to access the city should prepare for tough times after taxi drivers announced plans to hold a sit-down strike.
The protest, according to the chairperson of National Union of Drivers, Cyclists and Allied Workers, Abdallah Kittata, kicks off next Monday.
He said public transport operators will be protesting what he termed at city authorities’ “highhandedness” and “oppressive policies” that have affected the smooth running of their businesses.
“All taxi drivers and boda boda operators will not work on Monday because of KCCA’s unfair policies imposed on us,” charged Kittata.
Pressed to shed light on the ‘harsh’ policies, Kittata elaborated that KCCA imposed a shs3, 500 daily tax on each taxi not to mention the Shs120, 000 monthly charge.
“When you fail to pay this charge, officials from TAPSCOM, a company contracted by KCCA to collect taxes in the city, respond by handcuffing and arresting you,” said Kittata.
He further said, “so far 250 drivers are in jail because of these taxes.”
Chimpreports could not verify Kittata’s claims as KCCA publicist Peter Kaujju fell short of responding to our calls on Tuesday afternoon.
Previous strikes by taxi drivers have in recent years paralysed public transport in Kampala and stoked security tensions.
Revenue is a key factor for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in achieving her mandate as provided for in Kampala Capital City Act 2010 (Section 50).
The Act provides for the power to levy taxes giving KCCA the responsibility to levy, charge, collect and appropriate fees and taxes in accordance with the law as enacted by Parliament under article 152 of the Constitution.