Andrew Byamukama, the manager of Kabale Taxi Park says that as a way of reducing congestion in taxi parks, they decided to work with police to ensure that all brokers who have failed to adhere to the presidential directive be arrested and disciplined.
Police in Kabale in partnership with
the management of Kabale Taxi Park have arrested 12 taxi brokers from Kabale
town for defying the guidelines put in place by the government to combat the
spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The suspects were picked from Kabale Uganda
National Roads Authority-UNRA Taxi Park and Butobere junction on Monday morning
at around 09:00am. They are: Mathias Niwamanya, Peter
Akandwanirira, Emmanuel Akampa, Arnold Dason Munanura, Moses Sekyanzi, Gaston
Kabudwire, Paskari Nkirirehe, Julius Muzoora, Julius Asasire, Benson Taremwa,
Wiclef Asiimwe and Frank Kato.
In June this year while easing
lockdown, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni allowed public transport to resume
their business after being closed for over 75 days. President Museveni however banned brokers in taxi and bus parks to reduce on the congestion as one of
the measures to prevent and fight the spread of the pandemic.
Andrew Byamukama, the park manager of Kabale
Taxi Park told our reporter that ever since President Museveni opened public
transport, the brokers kept a deaf ear and continue to come in taxi parks. Byamukama says that as a way of reducing
congestion in taxi parks, they decided to work with police to ensure that all
brokers who have failed to adhere to the presidential directive be arrested and disciplined.
//Cue in:”baburoka bashagyirire…
Cue out…na driver wemotooka”.//
Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police
Spokesperson says that the suspects who were picked from the parks were not
only flouting the COVID-19 directives issued by President Museveni, but were
also accused of grabbing and stealing passenger’s properties.
Maate says the operations will continue until the public adhere
to the presidential directives.