New Taxi Park Sealed Off For Reconstruction

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Police has cordoned off the New Taxi Park in downtown Kampala to pave way for reconstruction. The park was sealed off to taxis and the public at 4am in an operation led by Kampala North Police Operations Commander Sam Omalla.

Police has cordoned off the New Taxi Park in downtown Kampala to pave way for reconstruction.

The park was sealed off to taxis and the public at 4am on Thursday in an operation led by Kampala North Police Operations Commander Sam Omalla.

All six entrances to the New Taxi Park have been closed and Police patrol vehicles stationed at each of them. Namirembe, Kyagwe and Mackay roads have also been closed to taxi traffic.

Inside the taxi park, construction work is already underway and two graders could be seen working on the carpet.

Vendors who had camped outside the park were finally granted access at 7:30am to pick their property.

Joyce Nabale, a phone accessories businesswoman in the park, expressed surprise at the sudden move. She complained that they had not been given time to properly relocate their property. John Mukasa, who deals in electronics, was this morning forced to hire a pick up vehicle to transfer his property.

This comes just a day after court issued an interim order blocking the exercise.
 
James Ereemye, the principal magistrate grade one at Mengo Magistrates Court, issues the order restraining the interim executive of the New Taxi Park Lock- Up Owners Association Limited from evicting tenants to pave way for the re-development of the park.

On September 25, the vendors led by Scholastica Muserura and Allan Muhoozi petitioned the Mengo chief magistrates court protesting the eviction on grounds that the tenants were not consulted in the plan and yet they are the people to be affected by the move.

In April, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) issued a directive that taxis and traders operating in the area should vacate the place for renovation of the taxi park grounds and refurbishment of the lock-up shops.

The closure comes days ahead of the official September 30 deadline set by KCCA.