23 March 2019

Uganda: Police Fire Bullets, Teargas At Striking Taxi Operators, Five Arrested

Photo: Daily Monitor
(file photo).

Entebbe — Police in Entebbe fired live bullets and teargas canisters to disperse angry taxi operators in Kitooro Taxi Park protesting against payment of Shs6, 000 to the operators association per route.

Mr Ismail Kalungi, a taxi operator said they have been paying the said fees but no receipt is issued.

"Today (Friday), a group of people invaded us forcing us to pay the money. They also impounded some of our taxis claiming that the owners had defaulted. As we insisted, the scuffle ensued and we started fighting them back until police led by the officer in charge Entebbe police station ASP James Mwesigye with the help of military police had to fire bullets and teargas to disperse the angry operators," said Mr Kalungi.

He accused Mr Stephen Kidde, the chairman of Entebbe Stages Drivers and Conductors Association (ESCDA) of over staying in power and deploying his men to attack them after they declined to pay the money.

However when contacted, Mr Stephen Kidde refuted allegations of being behind the scuffle.

"I heard about the protest that some people invaded taxi operators in Kitooro Taxi Park, but my leadership isn't the one behind it. Those people are fighting among themselves after hijacking our leadership. There are those operators who didn't sideline with them and what was done wasn't in a right way because we were elected," he said.

He said they plan to hold a meeting in Kampala with the Resident City Commissioner (RCC) to pave way for elections.

ASP James Mwesigye said five people had been detained following the "illegal protests."

Uganda

Concern Over High TB Prevalence in Prisons

Prisons authorities have expressed concern over the high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) among inmates due to… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Monitor

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.