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PHOTOS: Mbarara Taxi Drivers Strike

A breakdown vehicle pulling one of the mini buses used to block the road

President Museveni has  said  the government of  Uganda is  going  to spend Shs523 billion in the construction of the major  roads  in Northern Uganda adding that the funds for the  project are  not  borrowed but generated by the  national economy.

The President, ambulance http://ddc.com.sa/media/widgetkit/widgets/spotlight/spotlight.php who was accompanied by his wife, viagra 100mg http://citizenspace.us/wp-includes/functions.wp-date.php Mrs. Janet Museveni, was speaking Saturday at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the 86-kilometre road connecting Acholibur to Musingo   at Tebeyo Langech Pagen Village, Layamo Sub-County in Kitgum district.

The project is funded by the Government of Uganda at Shs. 195 billion and contracted to Chonqin International Construction Corporation Ltd (CICO).

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Acholibur –Masingo Road is part of the Olwiyo-Gulu-Acholibur- Masingo Road Corridor that opens up entire Northern Uganda up to the border with South Sudan.

It is also in line with the Uganda Government strategy for socio-economic development and household poverty eradication. The project is expected to greatly benefit the local population in terms of businesses and employment.

The President said that in the history of Uganda, the NRM government is the one that has the plan to develop the country as long as it has the money. He also identified another road connecting Apac – Lira and Acholi bur which he said is also going to be tarmac.

The President cautioned wananchi against theft of the company’s road building materials, including fuel, adding that this could may lead to delays in completion of the project.

“Whoever is caught doing that, will be arrested and prosecuted in courts of law, D o not steal fuel of the contractors who are constructing the road as the road is for us,” he counselled.

Reacting to appeals by Kitgum Women MP, Hon. Beatrice Anywar, for government to influence price increment on simsim for farmers in Northern Uganda, the President said that Government has no control on the issue as prices are largely determined by the laws of demand and supply.

“The only way of controlling price of commodities and goods is by subsidies but if we subsidise the price of these farm products, we will not be able to construct these roads,” he said.

State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Oryem Okello warned the Uganda National Roads Agency (UNRA) officials against shoddy work adding that whoever is caught doing that will be dealt with in accordance with the tenets of the law.
By Joshua Nahamya

Police and sister security agencies maintain presence at the taxi park in Mbarara town following Saturday’s skirmishes sparked off by a court ruling on who should take the tender for the park.

It all started Friday with Mbarara Council Court Hall presided over by Sarah Tusiime announcing MUTOCOS (Mbarara United Tax Owners Conductors and drivers)  as the holders  of Mbarara taxi park tender which has all along been run by MUTOCDA (Mbarara United Tax Owners Conductors and Drivers Association) .

Anonymous sources say a letter from the president’s office denied a chance to both parties, viagra order http://cmd-kenya.org/institute/wp-includes/comment-template.php allowing the council to run the tender until amicable resolutions were reached.

On hearing this, ambulance http://davidbrownireland.com/plugins/content/jw_allvideos/jw_allvideos.php town clerk Johnson Barintuma Munono, http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-templates/slide_in/four_set_v2.php and his stakeholders quickly went ahead to announce MUTOCOS as the legitimate holders of the tender.

Tax drivers were not convinced with the council ruling thus staging a demonstration that saw hundreds of passengers stranded.

Drivers went on rampage, hurling stones at vehicles and blocking the Mbarara-Kabale road.

RPC Mbarara, Hilary Kulaigye ordered Police officers and crime preventers to forcefully open roads for use.

Vehicles which had been used to blocks some roads were towed away to Mbarara Central police station yard for further investigations.

Breakdown pulling one of the mini buses that were used to broke some of the roads in Mbarara towkn (Photos: Joshua Nahamya/ChimpReports)

Breakdown pulling one of the mini buses that were used to broke some of the roads in Mbarara towkn (Photos: Joshua Nahamya/ChimpReports)

Banada Mutaba, 40, a taxi driver told ChimpReports that his mini-bus registration number UAV843C and his colleagues’ UAV 890N were forcefully used by thugs to block Mbarara -Kabale road.

This did not stop police from taking them to Mbarara Regional Central police station yard as suspects in the matter.

Police went on to beef up deployments along the high street to maintain law and order.

Gordon Baraba, a taxi driver, said “the struggle is on until the council amicably resolves the issue at hand.”

Passengers were left stranded as taxi drivers resorted to violence

Passengers were left stranded as taxi drivers resorted to violence

Baraba said the drivers should be allowed to run the tender instead of handing it to a clique of individuals led by Deo Beyagira, director Global Coaches, Mbarara.

He also noted that investors misappropriate funds and harass drivers.

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