Kampala city mayor, Erias Lukwago has dismissed allegations that he is inciting taxi drivers not to pay the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) monthly fees saying he only wants the due process of the law to be followed.
On Monday, KCCA begun collecting the controversial Shs120,000 monthly fee from taxi operators in the city, a move that briefly led to running battles between the operators and authorities as the former protested.
Lukwago issued this rebuttal on his Facebook wall Wednesday morning maintaining
This is what Lukwago wrote:
“I wish to rebut the allegations that I am inciting matatus not to pay KCCA dues. My position has always been clear that in as much as we need revenue to finance KCCA budget, the due process of the law must be followed. The existing statutory instrument regulating Matatus in Kampala provides for a paltry fee of ug. Shs.2 for each taxi that enters the taxi park. I convened a KCCA meeting on 7th March 2012 to revise the fee to 70,000 but the meeting aborted for want of quorum. The following day the Executive Director unilaterally imposed a sum of Ug. Shs. 120,0000 which was declared illegal by court on 10th April 2013 as it was not sanctioned by any legal instrument. I called a stakeholders’ meeting on 16th April to chart a way forward and thereafter prepared a comprehensive Bill for an Ordinance under S.8 of KCCA Act to matatu operations in the city and presented the same to the Authority meeting on 25th April for consideration. I proposed a sum of ug. Shs 70,000 considering the fact that these matatus pay dues to other local authorities and it was subject to debate. Members requested for time to carry out consultations and we adjourned to 2nd May. The meeting was rescheduled to 29th May because the ED and directors were not available on that day yet their input was vital. The meeting of 29th was chaotic and the issue was differed to 6th June but again the management team said they would not turn up on that. I was constrained to reschedule it to 11th June which again flopped. I still maintain that unless and until we enact an enabling instrument no amount of brutality, arrest or detention that render the Taxi Levy of Ug. Shs 120,0000 lawful.”
Lukwago’s denial comes a day after he was arrested by Police as he addressed taxi operators at Park view shopping mall in Kampala. The anti-riot police whisked Lukwago to the Central Police Station to record a statement.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Senkumbi, Lukwago was arrested because he was planning to hold a rally in the middle of the city.