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Drivers Abandon Mbale Main Taxi Park

The Taxi drivers under their umbrella Mbale Taxi Drivers, Conductors and Owners' Association accuse the proprietors of Express Transport Companies of parking along the streets and transporting passengers yet they are licensed as courier service providers.
Taxi Operators operating on streets in Mbale City

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Transporters operators in Mbale City have abandoned the taxi park and opted to operate on the roadside. This follows a dispute between the taxi operators and the Express transporters.

The Taxi drivers under their umbrella Mbale Taxi Drivers, Conductors and Owners' Association accuse the proprietors of Express Transport Companies of parking along the streets and transporting passengers yet they are licensed as courier service providers.

They claim that by parking on the streets, the Xpress companies have denied them a chance to carry passengers since they intercept them before they reach the taxi park. They also accuse the Mbale city Resident City Commissioner Ahamada Washaki of conniving with the express companies to create parking spaces on the streets.  

The drivers have decided to load and offload passengers along the streets in protest against the will of the City leadership.

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Hussein Sinora, the Chairperson of Mbale Taxi Drivers, Conductors and Owners' Association said that they held a meeting with the leadership of Mbale City and they concluded that all taxis should be in the two taxi parks of Kumi road and the Main taxi park. 

He said that Washaki allowed the Express Companies to continue operating on the streets which are affecting the taxi drivers. He says that they had no option but to abandon the taxi park and operate on the streets.

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Ali Gwayivu, a Taxi Driver said that they want the Express Transporters to leave the streets and also load passengers in the taxi park.

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Mbale Resident City Commissioner, Ahamada Washaki said that there should be sanity in town and that there is no taxi operator will be allowed to operate on the streets. He adds that Express companies are only allowed to operate from the space which is at their offices.  

He said that he plans to meet both parties on the matter.

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