Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA councillors have insisted
that the Old Taxi Park should be reopened.
Renovation of the park started in May 2020 and was planned to be
completed in three months. However, the renovations took longer than expected
as a result of heavy rains, and COVID-19 lockdown restrictions which delayed
the planned reopening of the park. So far, the authority has completed works on
the carpet, drainage system and stairs.
On Tuesday, a special council meeting was convened to review the
status of taxi operations in Kampala and the management of Kampala Capital City
markets. The meeting follows concerns
from the councillors about the delayed reopening of the park.
In September, the council resolved that the park be reopened on
However, Hakim Kizza, the Executive Secretary for Works and
Physical Planning, said that on the eve of the reopening, four of the people
who have leases of the plots within the park secured an interim order restraining
KCCA from opening the park.
KCCA leased out plots of land around the old taxi park to about 13
entities to Abamwe Transporters, Kabaale distributors, Key and Ham investments
among others. They entered into an
understanding with KCCA in 2020, to develop the land together in the grand
master plan of a storied taxi park which plan is yet to be completed.
Hakim says the individuals own 2.13 hectares of the land and KCCA owns 0.494
hectares of the land where the park is located.
However, Sam Sserunkuuma the Director for Revenue Collection says that
the matter is before the court and therefore the demands by the councillors can’t
//Cue in; “we can now not…
Cue out ……… entire carpet area”//