By Solomon Hamala
There is a fresh confusion in Iganga Taxi Park as operating drivers reject new Taxi Park Management contractors sent by the Municipal Council authority.
Recently Iganga Municipal Council cleared a contractor called Eastern Operators and Drivers Association to takeover control and management of the Taxi Park after receiving Shs14m in fees from them.
However, the drivers led by their chairman, Batambuze Abdhala have spat fire saying they are not ready to cooperate with the new contractor.
He told eastnews that they are not willing to pay Shs840,000 or Shs720,000 annual fee by each taxi to the new management.
Efforts to get a comment from the Town Clerk, Ayub Kisubi were futile.
However, the LC3 Chairman for Central Division, Hajji Saleh Basiime said that they passed a Council resolution that they tender out the Taxi Park to get new contractors since they were not getting any money from the Taxi Park.
However Batambuze and group argue that in other urban councils, money is not being collected from Taxi Parks and yet Iganga wants it paid. He said that collection of these fees was stopped by President Museveni pending proper discussion.
In the new revised policy guidelines on the management and levying of parking user fees in Local Governments, the Minister for Local Government, Tom Butime directs all Local Governments and Urban Councils to raise money monthly instead of annual as it has been.
The letter is dated 12th November, 2018 and was sent to all district chairpersons and Mayors in Uganda.
“These created resistances in payment of the parking user fees by some section of the Taxi operators who preferred annual fees and to be paid in one central place,” reads the letter.
And in this case, Uganda Revenue Authority is mandated to take over all the revenue collections of this monies coming from the Taxi parks unlike before.
The Speaker for Central Division, Muwereza Paul said he supports the new guidelines saying it’s going to help them raise more revenue and be able to carry out service delivery unlike in the old system where Municipal Council is only making loses.
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