The municipality introduced charges for all vehicles and motorcycles parking alongside the streets of Central and Goma division to boost revenue collection and controlling traffic flow. Jeseneous limited was contracted to charge cars 1,000 Shillings per hour and 5,000 for a day while motorcycles are charged 1,000 Shillings a day.
Lorry drivers and motorcyclists in Mukono
Municipality have rejected payment of daily street parking fees demanding for a
gazetted park to at least pay monthly charges for the parking space.
The municipality introduced charges for all vehicles and motorcycles parking alongside the streets of Central and Goma division to boost revenue collection and controlling traffic flow. Jeseneous limited was contracted to charge cars 1,000 Shillings per hour and 5,000 for a day while motorcycles are charged 1,000 Shillings a day. Motorcycles are charged 1000 a day. A monthly sticker for both drivers and
cyclists goes for 50,000 Shillings.
Levying was meant to start this week, however,
drivers and cyclists have rejected the fees saying is exorbitant and presented
at the wrong period when they are drained by lockdown. They have warned to
fight collectors insisting on placing receipts on their parked vehicles to
demand for money.
Rogers Ziika says they have for long appealed to
the municipal authorities to allocate and gazette for them a truck parking
space in vain, leaving them without option but to park alongside Bugerere street.
“We spend hours and sometimes days without
assignments and our trucks parked, paying in this case means we are being
penalised for lacking what to do!” he lamented.
//Cue in: “Naye zino receipt...
Cue out: ...byamusaze dda”//
Another truck driver Deogratius Ttinka says
authorities did not prepare people affected with the new charges before their introduction.
//Cue in: “Kubanga nenfuna...
Cue out: ...ogwetagisa”//
A bodaboda cyclist Paulo Kato says they are ready to
enter into running battles with authorities but they are not willing to pay any
fee. He appeals to their elected leaders intervene in the matter.
//Cue in: “Abakulembeze muveeyo...
Cue out: ...tetugenda guwa”//
The Deputy Town Clerk Alex Nanyonga Sseruwagi insists
that street fees were passed by the council under the Local Government Act, schedule
79 they are given rights and obligation to formulate, approve and execute their
budgets and plans provided the budgets are balanced.
She further notes that under the same schedule, the
municipality is entitled to collecting fees or taxes on behalf of the government as
its agent. A portion of the funds collected is retained and any extra obligation
transferred to the central government.
“This is not new, it is being implemented in other
parts of the country and here in Mukono we have done enough sensitization
before the implementation kicked off," she explained. "So our people should be compliant, we don’t
need force them.”