Mbarara: UCC Closes Endigyito FM

Following President Museveni’s October 2015 directive to all Districts and Local Council Authorities to stop levying taxes on taxi drivers, click the compliance has only been partial according to new reports.

The directive came after the President Museveni received complaints from the taxi operators that they were being harassed by local council authorities who were taxing them excessively.

Some districts complied with this directive but according to recent reports many local council officials have turned a deaf ear.

The authorities reportedly argued that they would not stand to make losses since they had already awarded tenders to various companies to collect this revenue and stopping them would call for compensations.

While addressing press at Central Police station in Kampala, more about Hilary Musoke, find Head of State House’s Special duties strongly cautioned the stakeholders still involved in this “illegal practice.”

“A Presidential directive is law and legally binding. The President wrote to the Minister of Local Government suspending revenue collected from taxis on the road and I don’t expect anybody to continue doing so,” he said.

Musoke added that to ensure that this directive is implemented; State House is working together with Police and other stakeholders in this business to ensure that taxi drivers are not oppressed.

“We have written to all districts LC 5 Chairmen, DPCs, Town Clerks, District Security officers, sub-counties, Taxi management authorities and all those involved in monitoring and streamlining of the taxi business.”


At the meeting, Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga expressed readiness to put this directive in practice beginning from field officer level to Regional Police Commander (RPC)

On 13th October 2015 in a meeting with taxi drivers at State House in Entebbe, President Museveni issued directives to govern the operation of the taxi business.

These directives included protection of all taxis from over taxation especially on the way by Local Governments.

Museveni thus ordered that taxis will only pay Shs 120,000 monthly to KCCA, adding that the taxi drivers had only to pay for another receipt in a gazzeted taxi park by the Local council of another district.

The directive also made it clear that welfare was to be paid voluntarily and was to be collected in offices not on roadsides.

The president ordered KCCA to release all drivers and taxis who had been arrested regardless of the offences they committed.

In the same meeting the President ordered all drivers who had been suspended from their stages due to wrangles arising from revenue collection to be reinstated with immediate effect as one of the ways of harmonizing the various factions in the business.

Uganda Communication Commission has ordered closure of the Mbarara based Western Broadcasting Service [WEBS FM] better known as Endigyito FM, order for nonpayment of license fees.

Endigyito FM which was founded in Kamwegye before relocating to Mbarara town is owned by Kitagwenda County Member of Parliament Hon Nulu Byamukama.

The radio station according to UCC Executive Director Eng Godfrey Mutabaazi, owes the regulators up to Shs 38 million.

Earlier today, some of the radio employees alleged that UCC ordered the shutdown of their transmitters because the radio station had hosted one of the presidential candidates Hon Amama Mbabazi who was in the western town on Tuesday.

These allegations were however dismissed by the UCC boss Mutabaazi who confirmed to Chimpreports that the radio station had remained noncompliant on clearing their debt.

“They shouldn’t lie to you, we closed them down because they were not paying us,” Mutabazi told us on phone.

In October last year, the UCC, published a list of radio stations in the county that had not renewed their annual broadcasting licenses, or paid the requisite license and spectrum fees, which is in contravention of Section 27 and 43 of the UCC Act.

The stations were given fourteen days to clear their dues or face the consequences.

In text conversation between the Endigyito FM Proprietor Mr. Byamukama and Eng Mutabazi, the former pleaded to have his station reopened for business, saying that he had just paid the entire debt.

“Sir, I have paid cash 38m. and I beg that u put my radio back. They a talking of renewing but the document needs time coz of tax clearance etc, you need to talk to them. thanks sir,” he pleaded.

Mr Mutabazi however, informed us that by Thursday evening the Commission had not yet received confirmation of the payment.

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