By Najibu Mulema
Police has cautioned a section of taxi operators against today’s planned strike warning that they risk to disrupt businesses in the city.
The traffic commander, Norman Musinga says that they are to beef up security within the capital city to ensure law and order prevails.
Musinga directed those who plan to strike to stay home further advising them to seek redress from responsible authorities.
One of the issues raised by the drivers is that their driving permits have been confiscated and non of them has ever been taken for road tests as directed by president Yoweri Museveni earlier in order to be given new permits.
“Let them go ahead and engage the stakeholders on the cancellation of the permits, the leaders came to our office we met them and we agreed on a principle that let them give us two weeks to engage them but they never accepted,” says Musinga adding,”for them if they want to strike, there are other people who want to operate so they shouldn’t dare disorganize other people’s businesses,”
The taxi drivers under their umbrella Uganda Transport Development Agency (UTODA) led by their chairperson Mustafa Mayambala, yesterday said that they will begin a sit down strike today citing police brutality.
UTODA called on police and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement to stop mistreating their members. They accuse KCCA officers for beating their members for illegal parking yet they were cleared by the president to park on every spot until transport operations in the city are streamlined.