Yusuf Mudopa, a truck driver, says that they are surprised that they have to clear the same goods at Busia and Mpondwe border points. He said that they are not ready to proceed until the relevant authorities clarify the matter.
Business grounded to a halt at the Busia One-Stop border
post on Wednesday when truckers decided to park their vehicles protesting double charges for clearing goods in transit.
They accused Ogaframe
(Invespo), the clearing firm attached to Uganda Revenue Authority- URA at Busia
custom for charging them twice between
US$ 300 and 2,000
to clear each transit truck carrying goods.
The money is charged depending
on the type of goods in transit. The
truckers say that they are charged the same money even at Mpondwe border in the Kasese district, which they say
amounts to a double payment.
The truckers want Ogaframe to clear the goods in transit
at Mpondwe border as they used to be previously. Yusuf
Mudopa, a truck driver, says that they are surprised that they have to clear the same goods at
Busia and Mpondwe border points. He
said that they are not ready to proceed until the relevant
authorities clarify the
//Cue in: “Shidda penye
Cue out:…akuna kitu enatembeya”//
James Wamakumbi, another driver says that there is no reason for them to pay twice for the same goods in transit. He claims
that the double charges started two weeks ago and they have been seeking an explanation for the
changes in vain.
//Cue in: “Ogenda kuyingiza
Cue out:…is a double taxation”//
Juma Makokha and Dominic Oguttu, both Boda boda riders along Busia customs road, say that the strike by the truckers has
affected their business.
Ogaframe (Invespo) has not yet commented on the complaints of the
truckers as journalists were neither allowed to access their offices nor attend
the closed-door meeting they
had with the drivers in the URA board room.