Photos: Taxi Drivers Strike Paralyses Kampala


ask geneva;”>online sans-serif; color: #222222;”>The drivers on Monday engaged KCCA enforcement officers in hide andorder sans-serif; color: #222222;”> seek games as they resisted relocation to their new working place forcing police to intervene before the situation was calmed.

Passengers stranded along Entebbe road

On Thursday morning, drivers decided to stage a sit down strike without any taxi taking passengers to and from Entebbe which brought business to a standstill as many passengers were stranded on the roadside.

“I reached stage at around 7:00am ready to go to Owino where I work but I have spent more than two hours waiting without any taxi plying on this route. Yet more passengers are coming in to travel to the city centre. The only solution is going back home as boda bodas charge not less than Shs 10,000 from here to town which proves too expensive for me,” explained a one Juliet Adong, one of the strangers stranded in Najjanankumbi.

The busy Entebbe highway was visibly free of taxis today

Meanwhile, drivers who had parked their taxis at Namulanda were spotted sitting redundantly as they cracked jokes while others had resorted to playing cards as the strike raged on.

“I was forced to dump all the passengers aboard the taxi by my fellow drivers who threatened to smash the windscreens of the car if I attempted to take any passengers,” explained one of the drivers at Namulanda.

The crisis continues with dozens stranded on the roadsides

Meanwhile, President Museveni who was on his way to State House was forced to make an impromptu stopover near Kisubi High as the drivers blocked the road and demanded the head of the country to intervene and solve their grievances.

“Mr President, you need to help us solve our problem because Madam Jennifer Musisi (KCCA Executive Director) was to send us away from the city yet we are all Ugandans,” explained the angry drivers as they waved to the president to stop.

Taxis that dared move had their windscreens shattered

The President asked them to choose five members amongst themselves to meet him at State House to help solve the problem. Museveni said the drivers would soon resume workas this was a simple matter that would be sorted.

The road was abandoned for private cars

Meanhwile, many passengers have decided walk to their workplaces instead of waiting for the taxi drivers to change their mind on the strike.

The few taxis only drop passengers at Kajjansi but have also hiked their fares to shs2,000.


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