The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has managed to convince taxi drivers in Kampala to call of a planned strike across the city.
Last week, taxi drivers operating in Kampala announced that they would go on strike on today Monday, May 25, 2015, protesting the impounding of over 1000 of their taxis Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA).
They were to be joined by boda boda riders and lorry drivers in protesting what they call KCCA’s highhandedness and arrogance.
Led by Abdullah Kiwanuka, the drivers told journalists on Monday (last week) that the strike was the last resort, after KCCA boss, Jennifer Musisi, impounded taxis, motorcycles and Lorries.
Over the weekend, Kayihura meet the taxi operators and promised to release over 70 of their colleagues arrested by KCCA enforcement officers.
The last time taxi drivers went on strike, KCCA employed the services of Pioneer Easy Buses to force taxis back on the road.
At meeting held at the police headquarters, Kayihura directed KCCA to stop conducting operations against taxi operators without involving the police.
KFM reports that Kayihura also tasked the police Director of Operations, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, to liaise with the city authority to ensure the drivers are released immediately.
Yet, KCCA says perpetrators of illegality are arrested by police, charged and sentenced by courts and they can appeal where they are dissatisfied.
In January, Security Minister, Muruli Mukasa, said that government had with immediate effect taken over management of city parks.
Mukasa explained that the decision was prompted by the endless wrangling by the different leadership bodies.
He also ordered the disbandment of TAPSCOM, one of the warring parties.