By Mildred Nambi
Police on Monday morning fired teargas in downtown Kampala to disperse a group of taxi drivers and operators who were resisting the enforcement of the monthly 120, 000 Uganda Shillings on all commuter taxis.
The resumption of the collection which had been halted by a court ruling follows the directive from the Minister-in-Charge of Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, asking KCCA to again collect fees from taxi operators following a tax revenue deficit.
At least six people were arrested as taxi drivers protested.
As part of the protest, about 10 taxi drivers parked their cars in the middle of Entebbe road around Clock Tower forcing anti-riot police to fire tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Central Police Station Commander James Ruhweza, who was in charge of the police at the scene, started plucking vehicle number plates which he took. Ruhweza said that as police they are enforcing the law and that the drivers should pay the money.
Three weeks ago, Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze directed that the drivers start paying the monthly set fees. He said all taxis operating in Kampala which have not complied with payments for the month of May and June will not be allowed to operate in the city.