M7 Nullifies Taxi Drivers and Conductors Election

President Yoweri Museveni has nullified the election of taxi operators leadership which was held on Monday at Nakivubo Stadium.

Taxi and boda boda operators last week threatened to protest what they termed as city authorities’ “highhandedness” and “oppressive policies” that have affected the smooth running of their businesses.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) had earlier contested the validity of the elections. KCCA said that that election had not been organised and overseen by the mandated body, Electoral Commission (EC).

The election ended with Mustapha Mayambala emerging as the new chairperson UTRADA (Uganda transport Development Agency) – an association that governs taxi drivers in Uganda.

Mayambala obtained 1,399 votes, defeating his opponent William Katumba who got 1,098 votes.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

According to Peter Kaujju, the Kampala Capital City Authority Spokesperson, the elections were nullified on ground that only one section of taxi operators had engaged in the election.

“We found out that only one section of the operators had participated in the election and yet we want a leadership that represents all sections and thus the nullifications,” Kaujju said.

KCCA and the Electoral commission are currently in consultation to help organize and set a date for a re-election.

Before the nullification had been formally announced, the Police Operation Commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi held a closed door meeting with Kampala police heads and briefed them on possible demonstrations and riots by the taxi drivers.

Police had by press time deployed heavily in town and had its stand by field Force Unit policemen on alert.

The winner of the nullified election,Mr Mayambala is also reported to be in an emergency meeting in the evening with his supporters.

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