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Fort Portal Municipal Leaders Want Taxi Fees Reinstated

The leaders led by the Mayor Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga argued that scraping of the fees has severely affected their revenue collections.

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 Fort Portal Municipal leaders have asked the government to reinstate daily fees levied on taxis.

During a council session on Monday attended by Frederick Gume Ngobi, the Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, the leaders led by the Mayor Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga argued that scraping of the fees has severely affected the municipal revenue collections.

Last year President Museveni banned all daily levies charged on informal business groups such as market vendors and taxis. Museveni directed that the groups should only pay annual licenses and operate without daily hindrances.

Muhanga says that scrapping of the fees has caused the municipality a loss of 600 million shillings annually that was being collected from taxi and bus operators.

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Muhanga said that the annual revenue collections reduced from about 2 billion shillings to the current 1.2 billion, which has affected service delivery.

Ngobi told the leaders that the matter will be discussed and a final stand taken on whether the taxis should pay monthly or annual fees. 

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Last week, municipal authorities were left in shock after learning that a local businessman identified Kadi Mayanja has been illegally collecting 1 billion from taxi operators on Fort Portal-Kamwenge stage.

The drivers told the leaders that Mayanja who chairs the stage has been charging each driver 300,000 shillings as registration fees.

Muhanga and the RDC Kabarole Stephen Asiimwe stopped, with immediate effect, the charges as they await a resolution by cabinet in the issue.

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