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Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says the violence is spreading to the better part of downtown Kampala as police engage drivers in running battles.
Police and KCCA trucks patrolling downtown Kampala on Monday
This has led to the closure of shops as traders fear to lose their property in the chaos.
Traffic has also been paralyzed.
The chaotic scenes followed an incident last week where a team of KCCA officials were beaten up by taxi drivers as they attempted to enforce the new tax on commuter taxis.
Anti-riot police engage taxi drivers in running battles
Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze, who is also in charge of KCCA, recently directed that taxi drivers must start paying the monthly set fees yet Kampala High Court had ordered against such a move, describing it as “illegal.”
But KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi reasoned the Authority had incurred a loss of shs1bn n the wake of the court ruling.
“We shall implement the levy since the Minister for Presidency has powers to make orders over management of Kampala city,” she said in a press statement in May.
KCCA publicist, Peter Kaujju, said taxi drivers who refuse to comply with the new directive will not be allowed to operate in Kampala, adding they had been given a grace period of three weeks to clear their June and July arrears.
A pedestrian covers her mouth and nose from teargas
Isaac Muddu, a taxi driver said Musisi and the Lord Mayor should call for a meeting and decide how much the drivers should pay.
He further requested that the monthly pay be reduced to at least Shs 70,000.