The Kampala Capital City Authority has temporarily suspended the ban on non-registered commuter taxis following harsh criticism from the People Power principal also Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.
In a Friday presser at the Kamwokya based People Power headquarters, Bobi Wine condemned the ban on taxis and Boda Bodas and urged the affected to rally themselves onto the streets and peacefully demand to be allowed to operate. In his bold submissions, Bobi Wine urged the taxi and Boda operators to intensify their demand for freedom. The outraged musician-cum politician expressed his frustration with how the taxi and border operators are being sidelined from the phased lockdown relaxation. Bobi says these two sectors employ a good number of people who all have families and loans to cater for, and therefore should be granted relief to operate.
Fearing what would arise from the Bobi Wine statement, KCCA panickingly called off the ban for three days till Monday, June 8. In a statement issued at the Uganda Media Centre by the Minister of Kampala, Betty Amongi, KCCA revealed it had waivered the ban for another three days. Amongi claimed they were bothered by the fact that people spent the Thursday night stranded in different taxi parks. “We have experienced a surge in the numbers of passengers who would like to travel upcountry. Government has granted a 3 days temporary waiver for public transporters plying upcountry routes to transport these people,” the KCCA said in a statement.