Crime & Investigation

Police Fires Tear Gas To Disperse Drivers

viagra geneva;”>The operation that started as early as 7.00am saw businesses coming to a standstill as the drivers blocked Ben Kiwanuka Street in protest against the actions of the Police.

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The taxi drivers provoked police into running battles and throwing stones at them forcing Police to fire tear gas at them. The situation turned chaotic making all the buildings near Ben Kiwanuka Street and Shoprite to be closed by the owners for the safety of their businesses.

The taxi drivers plucked off the number plates from their own taxis protesting against the impounding of their vehicles. The police also arrested some taxi drivers and were taken to CPS.

In an interview with CHIMP Reports, Sekindi Rashid the Chairman Statewide Transport Agency condemned the actions of the police noting that it is against the law.


“KCCA and Police should have consulted us on how to collect the monthly charges and not through brokers. This is not according to the law and we vow not to pay until lawful means are followed,” stressed Sekindi.

The boda boda riders at Ben Kiwanuka Street also condemned Police for using a lot of office to crack down on the taxi drivers advising them to go to the taxi park and arrest them from there instead of crippling their business.

In an interview with Chimp Reports, Kampala DPC James Ruhweza who led the operation noted that it was necessary for Police to come in and contain the situation. “The taxi drivers had blocked Ben Kiwanuka Street and the passengers had been stranded, forcing us to come in and bring order,” noted Ruhweza who advised the taxi drivers to pay the dues.

By 10am, the situation was however returning to normal but with many passengers stranded and Police together with KCCA enforcement officers manning all the entrances of the old taxi park to enforce the directive to pay the monthly dues by the drivers.

The taxis that had not yet paid were towed to CPS.

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