Cabinet sitting on Monday at Office of the President, approved the principles of the draft Local Government Statutory Instrument 2020.
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told press today, that the purpose of the Instrument is to legalize the approval of Park User Fees and collection procedures and to avoid arbitrary changes and charges of Park User Fees (PUF).
About 6 months ago, the Government suspended collections of passenger park fees at taxi and bus parks and instituted a committee chaired by first Deputy Prime Minister Gen Moses Ali.
Opondo says the discussions have been concluded and cabinet on Monday approved instruments by which passengers, taxis and buses will be charged fees only by the various local governments.
“Government said no more weigh laying particularly of taxis by UTODA touts. You have seen along the way people electing illegal roadblocks, you even see people vandalizing a taxi because they claim it had not paid a certain fee.”
“We don’t expect to see anymore of this lawlessness on the roads of Uganda,” said Opondo.
Another reason he said is to eliminate arbitrary changes and charges of Park User Fees.
Meanwhile, Cabinet also approved the ratification of Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) to allow Uganda Airlines to fly to particular countries.
Since the collapse of Uganda Airlines, Uganda’s air routes had been suspended by a number of countries because of lack of a national Carrier.
The Government of Uganda also failed it’s dues and consequently, International Bilateral Agreements which allow airlines operated by Uganda to travel to various destinations elapsed.
As such, the revamped Uganda Airlines needed to re-sign those International agreements with countries where Uganda wants it’s carrier to fly to on commercial basis.
“Cabinet on Monday approved the ratification of the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs). This ratification of agreements will put Uganda at equal legal footing with her partners in as far as implementation of those agreements is concerned.”
“We expect that with this approval, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and Uganda Airlines should be able to sign agreements with more countries to enable Uganda Airlines to move passengers and cargo to different destinations,” said Opondo.
So far, Uganda has agreement with South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, USA, United Arab Emirates and United kingdom.
The Cabinet also approved the additional emergency funding request of 32 billion shillings for emergency relief supplies to the victims of floods, landslides, windstorms, hailstorms and lightening from the Contingency.