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Transport Paralyzed in Isingiro as Rival Taxi Groups Clash

A group of drivers accuse Isingiro Town Council Taxi Owners and Drivers Cooperative Society of overcharging and cheating them. They accuse the same group of operating without a valid contract, and torturing drivers in execution of the questionable mandate.
Drivers block the road in Isingiro town council

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Hundreds of passengers are stranded in Isingiro district following a fight between rival taxi groups which have paralyzed transport in the area.

A group of drivers accuse Isingiro Town Council Taxi Owners and Drivers Cooperative Society of overcharging and cheating them. They accuse the same group of operating without a valid contract, and torturing drivers in execution of the ‘questionable' mandate.

Ananias Kitariko, one of the angry taxi drivers says that the society charges them 5000 Shillings as loading and offloading fees but acknowledges receipt for only 3000 Shillings. He accuses the area leadership of conniving with the society to extort money from drivers.

Another taxi driver Peterson Mugabe accuses the associations' wardens of torture and selectively collecting dues.

Such accusations triggered the anger which saw rival groups pelting stones at each other in running battles that engulfed the town today.  Others were seen hitting opponents with clubs. Five people sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.

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Isingiro Town Clerk Emanuel Karanzi says the group was engaged for the task due to lack of manpower.      

Robert Turyakiira, the vice chairperson of Isingiro Town Council Taxi Owners and Drivers Cooperative Society says that claims by the rival group are aimed at undermining their authority and branding them as incompetent.

He says that the association is mandated to collect dues pending the procurement of a substantial contractor.

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Cue out;.....kuruga aha mushoro:"//

The fight was quelled after police intervention.

By the time of filing this story, Relative calm had returned to the town council but police remained on standby.

Isingiro District Police Commander Moses Muzima revealed that they have deployed in the town council to safeguard people and their properties as well as ensuring that the violence does not escalate.

He said that the drivers must look for more organized ways of solving their problems instead of resorting to street fights.

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Runyankole.

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Cue out:....okushoroza ogu omushoro:"//

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