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Hoima Park Bans Alcohol, Smoking and Gambling :: Uganda Radionetwork

Hoima Park Bans Alcohol, Smoking and Gambling

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The guidelines by the new management of the park are meant to reduce on accidents, but also improve on the working conditions for those who work in and use the park.
26 Aug 2015 10:08
The new management of Hoima Park has banned alcohol, smoking, and gambling in a move they say will streamline park activities, fight road accidents and avoid inconveniences to passengers who use the park. The new guidelines have been issued to all drivers, conductors and guides at the park and take immediate effect.

According to the new park manager, Lenox Barongo, any person working in the park who engages in the banned activities will be arrested and handed over to the police for further action. The management also threatens to ban those who will go against the new regulations from operating in the park.

Previously, management of the park has been under Hoima Municipal Council. But following a contract row and an administrative review of the process, Hoima Taxi, Bus Owners and Investment Limited are the new mangers of the park.

Barongo says gamblers in the park end up stealing from passengers, scaring them away from using the facilities at the park and reducing business. The new management hopes to work with police in enforcing the new guidelines.

Police in the park welcomed the move and said they would collaborate with the park management to create order. Margaret Mugisha, the OC of Hoima Bus Park police post says other than supplementing police work, the new guidelines will ensure sanity in the park and on the roads.

Operators of transport at the park are divided on the new regulations. David Kyamanywa, a driver along the Hoima-Kampala route says police needs to be supported in fighting drunk-driving on the roads. Rodgers Kabachwezi, a guide at the park says implementation must be followed, especially with packed alcohol that can easily be carried in pockets.

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