According to Kitaka, the initiative will help decongest the city. He explains that this will work like Bolt, Safe Boda and Uber. With the app, the customers can order for a taxi while at the stage or near it.
Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA plans to introduce phone applications for taxi operators in a
bid to decongest the city.
According to the Authority, once the app is
introduced, taxis will only show up at stages and parks to pick up passengers
once called. The KCCA acting Executive Director, Andrew Kitaka disclosed
while updating the public on KCCA’s achievements and their future plans for the
According to Kitaka, the taxis will operate from designated
areas where they can connect to town. He says KCCA has started sensitizing the
taxi operators and connecting them to app developers.
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According to Kitaka, the initiative will help decongest the city. He explains that this will work like Bolt, Safe Boda and Uber. With
the app, the customers can order for a taxi while at the stage or near it.
Just like the smart Bodas, the fare will be visible to the
passengers before they put in their request. The operators on the
other side will be notified when there are customers such that they can pick
them up and start the trip.
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The KCCA Spokesperson, Peter Kaujju, says KCCA is considering
partnering with existing transport services providers like Uber and Bolt among
others that use online booking since they have already been in business.
says that they are also engaging with other stakeholders in the taxi business
to come up with a more inclusive and tangible plan. Kaujju says
they expect to have come up with a more concrete plan within three months that
can effectively be implemented.
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KCCA has been grappling with congestion in Kampala. Hundreds
of passenger taxis operate in the city, which lead a gridlock during rush
hours. In 2015, KCCA proposed to ban Boda Bodas from the city center
areas bordered by Wandegeya, Mulago round-about via Yusuf Lule Road to Jinja
Road and Warid Clock Tower junctions, and Entebbe Road to Clock Tower.
was not implemented. Kaujju says that KCCA has left the issue of Boda Boda to be
handled through the general government plan, which involves registering all
cyclists, allocating them visible numbers, making uniforms for them and having
well managed stages.
Currently, KCCA is working on a plan to redevelop the old
taxi part and have a bigger and modern facility. It also has a plan to reduce
low capacity vehicles like Boda Bodas and Matatus from the city and instead
introduce bus and train services.
This plan according to Eng. Kitaka may
be implemented in five years’ time.