By Ivan Mwine
Officials of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have finally reopened the Old Taxi Park for travelers and public transport vehicles after almost two years since it was closed in 2020 for refurbishment.
The reopening of the park which has since been refurbished comes a few days before schools reopen on Monday January 10th, 2022, to ease transportation for learners.
Addressing the Media last evening, the minister of works and transport Gen. Katumba Wamala, said they had agreed with KCCA to hand over the park by Friday or Saturday this week for the Works Ministry to demarcate stages.
We have since established that although the park was not officially handed over by KCCA officials, they have since allowed public transport operators to start using it after the Ministry of Works demarcated the various stages.
So, on Saturday morning all taxis and coasters that pry routes with stages in the park were allowed to enter and start operating, although KCCA officials are expected to officially hand over the facility to the Ministry of Works on Monday.
However, it should be noted that there are wrangles surrounding the park that haven’t been solved yet which are raging on amongst some city tycoons who claim to own plots of land in the newly refurbished taxi park and hence want KCCA to either compensate them or allow them to utilize their land.
But to solve this impasse, Gen. Katumba advised KCCA officials to let travelers and transport operators resume operations as they work out mechanisms of solving the wrangles involving ownership of land in the taxi park by some tycoons.