Eviction Looms for Old Taxi Park Traders

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The Old Taxi Park Olive Nakatudde

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The structures include lock- ups, wooden kiosks, mobile phone stalls and eateries, for which KCCA issued a December 31st deadline for demolition. City authorities say the structures were set up without a proper plan and approval from the directorate of physical planning.

Traders in and around the old taxi park in Kampala are left with just one day to clear condemned  structures or face forceful eviction by Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.

The structures include lock- ups, wooden kiosks, mobile phone stalls and eateries, for which KCCA issued a December 31st deadline for demolition.  City authorities say the structures were set up without a proper plan and approval from the directorate of physical planning.

The planned demolition is based on provisions of Section 72(1) of the Public Health Act Cap 281 which states that; "in the event of contravention of any of the Public Health rules related to the erection of buildings, the local authority without prejudice has the right to take proceedings for a fine in respect of the contravention and may by notice require the owner either to pull down or remove the works."

A spot visit to the site by URN revealed that some affected traders have shifted their goods from the kiosks. Beverage companies have also withdrawn their branded refrigerators from the affected traders as D-day approaches.

One of the traders, who only identifies herself as Florence told URN that after close to 20 years of operating within the precincts of the old taxi park, the eviction spells doom for them.
 
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However, Hajjat Janat, another of the affected traders says they were given enough time after the notice by KCCA to relocate. She is optimistic that they will be given first priority to resettle in the place as soon as planned structures are set up.
 
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KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi earlier this year announced plans by KCCA to redevelop the Old taxi park and set it on a better standard. As part of the strategy, KCCA is planning to redevelop the Old Taxi Park, USAFI Park and the New Taxi Park into modern public transport terminals and a number of carefully selected places into multi-storied parking facilities.
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.

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