Now its official – NO TAXI FARES INCREASED

Namibia Bus and Taxi Association warns taxi operators in Walvis Bay to stop charging higher tariffs or intimidation and assault of passengers

The Namibian Bus and Taxi Association confirmed in a statement that the fare increment in Walvis Bay was false and created chaos. It urges taxi drivers to stop the practise with immediate effect to charge increased fees, as it is illegal and making them guilty of criminal offenses. The statement follows:
“The Namibian Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) is hereby informing all NABTA members, the Bus and Taxi operators and entire general public as well as all stakeholders that, the President of NABTA Mr Vespa Muunda, has been suspended from his duties as from 16 November 2016 until further notice, due to serious allegations against him and as a result of the National Executive committee meeting of NABTA that took place on 10 November 2016 in Windhoek.
Therefore NABTA is hereby urging all mentioned above to refrain from making any contact with him in anything relating to NABTA, since he shall no longer represent NABTA on any platform or activities while on suspension and whatever conducted by him during this period of time shall be illegal, unless with the written consent of the National Executive.
The following are some of the alleged activities that are under investigation:
· The establishment of NABTA office at Oshakati Terminal under the certain committee “UNITED LONG DISTANCE COMMITTEE” which is using the Postal Address of NABTA Head Office in Windhoek as well as the cellphone number of the president on the top of the unknown numbers on the list.
· The involvement of NABTA official stamp that authorises the taxi fare increment at Walvis Bay on October/November 2016, which has caused chaos.
· The appointment of Shilimela Security company at the Bus Terminal of Ondangwa, Oshakati and at Rhino Park in Windhoek, which now has turned into a court case, costing NABTA over N$100 000.00 in the High Court.
· Signing of the agreement between NABTA and Swakopmund Municipality, which has caused conflict and division between NABTA members and other stakeholders including Swakopmund Municipality.
· The allocation of tenants/ companies at Rhino Park premises and the collection of such revenue and other revenues.
On that basis, the Executive committee has resolved to establish the investigation team/ committee, which shall investigate the allegations and make recommendations to the National Executive, for the purpose of disciplinary committee if necessary. The same meeting has also discussed the sensitive situation which has erupted at Walvis Bay between passengers and taxi drivers on the alleged taxi fare increment which was not the decision of NABTA National Executive, which has also put the authorities in a difficult position by executing their duties. The authorities and other stakeholders then requested for NABTA to urgently intervene and prevent chaos. It further resolved that such paper which carries taxi fares must be ceased until further notice and shall be addressed at the national level. On the confirmation of the President’s suspension, hereby attached the letter.
For the purpose of enquiries, all communications and correspondences must be addressed to the Chief Administrative and Executive officer, (The Secretary General of the Association), Mr Pendapala Nakathingo, at 081 255 9335 or to the Vice President of NABTA, Mr. Jeffrey Platt at 081 260 9595.”

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