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Bullets, Teargas as Taxi Drivers Close Kampala Masaka Road

Police arrest one of the striking taxi drivers (Photos by Michael Ntezza)

Police used live bullets and teargas this morning to disperse a group of striking taxi drivers who closed off the Kampala Masaka Road at Busega, healing while protesting what they call bad policies from their colleagues.

These drivers blocked part of the major road near the Kyengera-Busega swamp, advice parking about 10 taxis right across. This paralyzed for more than 2 hours, viagra approved traffic coming in and leaving the city.

A police officer removes one of the taxis parked in the middle of the road

A police officer removes one of the taxis parked in the middle of the road

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No vehicle was allowed by the angry drivers to pass their road block; not even bodaboda motorcycles.

With traffic jam stretching several kilometres, police led by the Nsangi DPC Peter Ochan moved in and fired bullets in the air and tear gas at the drivers.

Kampala South RPC Sirajje Bakaleke being briefed by his juniors about the strike

Kampala South RPC Sirajje Bakaleke being briefed by his juniors about the strike

After a while, the RPC Kampala Metropolitan South Hajji Sirajje Bakaleke, arrived and called in the drivers for discussion, in which he urged them to remain claim as the police looks into their concerns.

Among others, the drivers were challenging the high fees they are charged as well as restrictions on their routes.

“I have heard about your issues; and from here I am going to meet with your colleagues and will keep you informed,” said the RPC.

Police teargas and bullets to disperse the drivers

Police teargas and bullets to disperse the drivers

In the meantime the drivers mainly from Kibuye under the command of their chairman only identified as Mubarak, stood on top of their vehicles vowing not to leave the place until the bad policies imposed against them are revised.

“As any other person in the business we want to move freely from Kibuye to Nsangi because we pay all the requirements provided for in the law,” said the chairman.

Police monitoring the situation

Police monitoring the situation

The contention, started after taxi drivers at the Kyengera-Nsangi banned those from Kibuye from crossing to Nsangi, ordering them to only stop in Kyengera Taxi Park where the Kyengera drivers can pick the passengers heading to Nsangi.

In their defence however, the Kyengera drivers accuse their colleagues from Kibuye of working with criminals who rob passengers. They also accuse this group of being notorious fees defaulters.

The police mid-morning managed to restore calm and normal traffic flow resumed.

 

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