Business at Tororo municipal council hall came to standstill following surprise attack by Tororo taxi vendors who were protesting a planned increment in rent.
The ambush followed information leaked to the vendors that the council through its finance committee was planning to table a proposal to increase rent fees on the lower and upper lock ups at the taxi park from the current Shs 100,000 to Shs 300,000 per month.
This forced the council session that was scheduled for 10am to come to abort.
The Nile Post has seen a letter that was addressed to the council by the municipal finance committee indicating the proposed new rents.
Basing on the letter, the ground floor lock ups were increased from Shs 100,000 to Shs 300,000 while the second floor lock ups increased from Shs 50,000 to Shs 250,000.
A member of the finance committee told us that the increment is aimed at enabling the council to repay its loan got from World Bank towards the construction of the facility.
The taxi park building cost Shs 3.5 billion.
Some vendors said the move will push them out of business.
The frustrated vendors appealed to the government to come to their rescue and ensure that the old fees are maintained since most of them are still servicing loans.