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Kasese Taxi Drivers Demand Savings After Lock Down

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 others.  

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 families.  

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 drivers concerns.  

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.

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