Beti Kamya: Govt Close to Resolving Taxi Operators’ Concerns

Minister of Kampala Beti Kamya has appealed to taxi operators within Kampala city to keep calm as government nears the process of finding a lasting solution to their woes.

This comes in the wake of protests from the various factions of taxi operators against among other issues the multiple taxes that they say have frustrated their operations.

Minister Kamya told the press on Thursday that government has constituted an inter-ministerial committee involving Ministries of Works, more about Local Government, about it Internal Affairs and Finance “to deal decisively with the issues affecting the taxi operators in Kampala and the country at large.”

“We know that whenever the taxi industry hurts, we all hurt because it frustrates productivity. I however ask [them] to remain calm as we resolve this,” she said at a news conference at Uganda Media Center.

She said the committee is almost concluding the exercise and that it will then come up with modalities to implement the resolutions previously agreed upon by President Museveni and taxi operators.

When he met them, the President had directed the Ministry of Finance, KCCA and URA to harmonize the many taxes levied on taxis and the management of instant penalties.

“The committee will also find a solution to the issue of gazetting of stages for taxis in order to deal with the rampant vice of illegal parking especially along Queens Way and Shoprite Entebbe Road,” the Minister added.

The friction between taxi operators and the government is partly attributed to the dormancy of the Kampala Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority which according to the act that created KCCA is mandated to plan for the city.

“The Physical Planning Authority already exists but its operationalization was hampered by absence of provisions to do with its management structure and funding mechanism. It awaits amendments by Parliament,” Kamya told journalists.


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