The transport stakeholders have also asked the government to remove from his post the Land Transport Regulatory Authority (LATRA) director for using them for harvesting money and not caring for their complaints.
Speaking at the meeting of transport stakeholders, the Works and Transport deputy minister Mwita Waitara said the ‘lost’ money was not with the government or even with owners of bus transport companies.
Waitara said since he received complaints from various stakeholders complaining over the ticket selling via POS machines, he decided to convene the meeting to listen to them and to see how they could solve the issue.
“I have listened to the challenges you face including the one in regard to money you put in POS machines when selling tickets, the money which later has to be returned to you, but you say you do not get it in time,’ said the Deputy Minister.
He called on the transporters to have faith in the government, saying that is why he called them for them to say what they were being troubled by through using the e-ticketing system.
However, he said he had already talked with the LATRA Managing Director on the challenges faced by the bus transport stakeholders including fines they are frequently ordered to pay by LATRA.
“you are very important people in this government, I have listened to you and we must remove these challenges from the sector, so long as you say no one refuses to pay tax, all must pay tax,’ he said.
For his part Rogers Tupndige, a transport stakeholder said the government is supposed to intervene in the issue because, he said, LATRA exists only to oppress them, and not assist them as it says.