Heavy deployment in Kampala as Taxi Operators threaten to forcefully occupy Old Taxi Park

Posted: 2021-10-20T08:28:14Z
Heavy deployment in Kampala as Taxi Operators threaten to forcefully occupy Old Taxi Park

Police has heavily deployed at the newly renovated Old Taxi Park in Kampala following reports that taxi operators were planning to forcefully occupy it.


According to Luke Owoyesigyire Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Spokesperson, they received information that taxi drivers wanted to enter the park before its completion.


Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA started reconstruction works at the Park in 2020, promising to complete it in three months. However, to date construction works are still going on. The contractors Sterling Construction Company Limited are yet to complete constructing passenger waiting shades and toilets.


Last month, it was announced that the Park would be re-opened today October 20th 2021. 


The Chairperson of Federation of Uganda Taxi Operators Rashid Ssekindi, said that they held several meetings with the KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka and the Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago and agreed to elect leaders of the 33 stages in the park, which they did and handed over the report to KCCA.


He argues that they should be allowed to use the park as the contractor completes the works. He however denied that the operators were planning to forcefully occupy the park.


The Minister-in-charge Kampala Hajat Minsa Kabanda told Members of Parliament on Tuesday, that the park will be opened after a fence has been erected, completion of the toilets and walkways especially for people with disabilities.