Drivers protest tender award

Taxi drivers in Bushenyi District last week blocked the Mbarara-Kasese highway, protesting the awarding of a park tender to their rival organisation, citing favouritism.
Under their umbrella body, Bushenyi Taxi Drivers and Owners Cooperative Society Limited, the drivers claim the tender was given to Bushenyi United Taxi Drivers Cooperative and Credit Society Limited last week, a company they allege belongs to the municipality mayor, Mr Jackson Kamugasha.

They also accused the deputy town clerk, Mr Katunda Mukuru, of disregarding the aice of the town clerk, Mr Deo Ndimo, who before his trip to China, said the tender would be awarded next month.
The drivers stormed the Resident District Commissioner’s office at the weekend seeking explanation.
“We want Mr Mukuru to explain to us why the tender was awarded at night if everything was right. Why did they ignore the directive of the town clerk?” Mr Arthur Mucunguzi, the head of the body, asked.
Mr Katunda, however, said he was not restricted to working only during the day.

“I have not seen any one stopping me from giving service to my people. Time is not a big issue. What I know is that I awarded the tender to the right people,” he told the drivers.
Mr Kamugasha denied being a director of the company, saying: “My brothers are directors but I am not part of them. Being a mayor doesn’t mean that my brothers can’t do business around.”
The RDC, Mr Isaac Kawooya, said the group’s bidding documents had anomalies like taxi arrears. He aised them to go to court if they are dissatisfied.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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