By Spy Uganda
Kampala:The saddest news landing on our desk is that the former chairman of Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association, Hajji Musa Katongole, is dead.
Katongole is said to have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at TMR International Hospital in Naalya, a Kampala suburb after he returned from Thailand battling heart complications.
Katongole was the head of Uganda Taxi Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA) which for long held sway in the city’s taxi business.
UTODA was a powerful body that at one time managed all taxi parks and the taxi business in Kampala and other major towns around the country. But in 2011, Kampala Capital City Authority under Hajji Erias Lukwago withdrew the contract to manage taxis in Kampala accusing Utoda of mistreating drivers.
After the collapse of UTODA, Katongole teamed up with others to start Awakula Ennume Transport services to continue with the transport business operating a fleet of buses.
Meanwhile, it is expected that there will be a memorial service at Kibuli Mosque in Kampala. Katongole has been a close confidant to Hajji Prince Kassim Nakibinge, the titular head of the Islam in Uganda.