The drivers under their umbrella body, Kasese Taxi Operators Saving and Credit Scheme have been saving an average of 15,000 Shillings per day to cater for emergencies. These include accidents, sickness, loss of relatives, and payment for traffic charges, among others.
One of the taxi parks in kasese without active business after presidential directive
Taxi Drivers in Kasese District
are demanding for the release of savings from their SACCO, to enable them to go
through the current lockdown.
The drivers under their umbrella
body, Kasese Taxi Operators Saving and Credit Scheme have been saving an
average of 15,000 Shillings per day to cater for emergencies. These include
accidents, sickness, loss of relatives, and payment for traffic charges, among
But after a recent presidential
directive banning the movement of vehicles, the drivers are asking the Sacco
management to release their savings so that they can provide for their
Augustine Masereka, a taxi
operator at Bwera border stage urges that it’s the right time that they are
bailed out of hard times by their own savings than running to money lenders. He wants the management to expedite the
process of aiding members to get their savings in the shortest possible time.
“We can’t leave without foods
while boasting of savings in the Sacco,” Masereka said.
Sulait Bwambale, another taxi
driver says his savings in the Sacco is all that can guarantee that he will
keep providing for his family at the moment. He wants the Sacco to at least
allocate some money to the members especially those without extra-economic
activities so that they are able to go through the lock-down period.
“We don’t want food, we want
money that we can budget for and use appropriately depending on our family
needs,” Bwambale expounds.
Zedekiah Kayiri, the saving
scheme's patron advises the management to take a quick intervention into the
But Raymond Musinguzi, the saving
scheme chairperson he says that part of the money was spent on administrative
issues, accidents and a percentage of the savings assisted families of drivers
who lost their loved ones. Musinguzi however promises to use the remaining
savings to purchase maize flour for the drivers.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.