Mayambala Wins Controversial Taxi Elections

A section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Delegates in Kabale District has expressed mixed reactions on the proposals to amend the party constitution.

The reactions come shortly after the acting NRM Secretary General; Dorothy Hyuha issued a notice inviting members to submit any proposals for amendments to the party constitution ahead of the December 15 national delegates’ conference.

Ms Hyuha, medications healing through a communication dated November 04th, find set December 05th as the deadline for submission of proposals.

President Museveni last week announced 15th December  as the date for the national delegates’ conference to discuss ways of defusing growing tensions in the party.

The acting secretary general moving under rule 42(3) of the NRM constitution pointed out the proposals should be submitted to her office at Plot 10 Kyaddondo Road in Nakasero. “Under rule 42, search the secretary general is mandated within 30 days to the delegates’ conference to receive proposals for amendments to the party constitution from members.

It is also proposed that whoever wants to contest for the party’s ticket for the post of President must pay five million shillings, whereas those contesting for Member of Parliament seats on the party’s ticket will pay three million shillings, those contesting for district chairperson-ship will pay Shs 500, 000 and Shs 50, 000 for local leaders.

The communication also proposes that the positions of secretary general, party treasurer and his or her deputy, be made full time jobs to ensure that they dedicate enough time to party work.

Julius Barusya, one of the Delegates from Kamuganguzi Sub County backed the proposals saying that paying money would ensure seriousness among the contestants.

Barusya adds that making the positions of the secretary general, deputy Secretary General and treasurer full time jobs would help in reducing inefficiency among the heads.

Ronald Hakizimana Bifwabusha another delegate from Bugongi in Northern Division, Kabale Municipality also backed the proposals saying that making the said seat full time jobs would help in that other party members especially the youth get party jobs.

He however added that, the party chairperson’s position should also be made a full time job since the secretary and treasurer cannot make their own decisions.

However, Kabale District NRM Chairperson, and former Kabale District Woman Legislature, Hon. Hope Ruhindi Mwesigye is opposed to  the proposals saying that  they have not been passed through the right procedures.

Hon. Mwesigye who is also the former Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries says that the aim of asking for money from contestants is to bar poor members from contesting.
Mustapha Mayambala has emerged the new chairperson UTRADA (Uganda transport Development Agency) – an association that governs taxi drivers in Uganda.

Mayambala obtained 1, buy more about 399 votes, defeating his opponent William Katumba who managed only 1,098 votes.

Various taxi drivers participated in the tightly marked elections with a heavy deployment of antiriot police at Nakivubo stadium.

Mayambala pledged to work closely with Katumba to boost the Taxi business as well as directly participate in solving problems hurting the Transport sector in Uganda.

“I am glad to have been entrusted with power to lead the taxi drivers and conductors fraternity. I promise that I am going to work hard and ensure we always find a peaceful solution to our grievances,” a joyful Mayambala remarked.

Patrick Mukalazi was elected the organisation’s Secretary General. He was unopposed. Other leadership positions were filled.

The election was held under tight security

The election was held under tight security

The election comes at a time of heightened tensions between taxi drivers and KCCA over taxes.

KCCA had hoped to influence the outcome of the poll in vain, with the radical Mayambala emerging victorious.

Chimp Corp Michael Nteza reports the election was held amidst huge opposition from KCCA.

The city authority maintains the poll was not valid as it was not conducted by the Electoral Commission.

The drivers insist their election was legitimate.


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