RUKUNGIRI MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY REINSTATES PARKING FEE
By Barak Tukashaba
Rukungiri municipality councilors have resolved to resume levying street parking fees in the town in financial year 2018/19 after it is reported to have hit a dead end last year.
Councilors reached at the resolution during the municipality council financial budget meeting held on 28th march 2018 at Rukungiri Christ the king church.
The councilors agreed to begin community sensitization on street
parking fees in 4th quarter since their emphasis has been on revenue
mobilization for other sources which they say should start in April so
that to encourage the community to pay and get better service
Last year unremarkable misunderstanding erupted between Rukungiri
Municipality authorities and business community over the issue of
levying street parking fees after both parties failed to agree on the
The business community was claiming that the introduction of parking
fees on Rukungiri roads is unfavorable to their business and impacts
on their marginal profits since it affects even their customers.
This forced the business community to call the then minister for security
then Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde to intervene in the matter.
In the meeting between municipality authorities and business community chaired by Gen. Tumukunde suspended the levying of the street parking fees,arguing that both the Municipality authorities and traders needed each other and should find ways of harmonizing their differences without resorting to violence and since then it has been on hold.
However, the Town clerk Rukungiri Municipality; Lilian Kobusingye
informed councilors that like any other municipal authority if they
are to create revenue sources that will help in the service delivery
they have to first mobilize, sensitize and encourage the
community on the benefits of paying taxes.
Source: www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.