The Minister of Kampala City Authority Beti Kamya has said that she is set to meet the president in two weeks’ time and furnish him with the right information about the law barring three wheel carts commonly known as Tuk-tuks from operating in the city.
Addressing media on 12 June 2017, at her office, the minister said Tuku tuku’s are not licensed to carry passengers but are only licensed to operate in industrial areas to carry goods. She directed Traffic Police to impound them and arrest the operators.
In her directive, the Minister asked traffic police to arrest all tricycle riders commonly known as Tuku tuku that will be found involving in commercial passenger business.
“I have just had a meeting with the commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police and we have agreed to deploy Policemen to arrest tricycles operating in the commercial passenger transport business,” Kamya said.
I’m therefore sending a strong warning to people who have been benefiting from this insecurity,” Kamya said.
However, yesterday, at the last leg of campaigns for the Kyadondo Eat Parliamentary race, the president while canvassing votes for the NRM flag bearer Sitenda Sebalu, announced that the Three wheel cart owners should continue operating normally in the city, contradicting KCCA’s position on the matter.
Kamya says the President made the pronouncement because he was ambushed by the cart owners and he did not have much of an option.
Kamya has been Speaking to journalist after attending a meeting between Kampala capital city authority and investors in Nakawa division.
She notes that if the president allows the law to be amended to allow the cart owners to operate in the city, then the City Authority will respect this as a legal provision.