Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze has petitioned parliament challenging the move by the council leadership to relocate Mukono Taxi Park.

Anxiety has been building up among Mukono Taxi Park workers and traders operating kiosks around the taxi park after Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) issued a notice directing municipality authorities to relocate the taxi park to pave way for expansion of the Kayunga-Mukono road.

The move is aimed at beautifying the town and widening the Kayunga/Jinja High way junction.

According to UNRA, there is a plan to construct a roundabout in the heart of Mukono Town, a project that cannot take off unless they first pull down part of the taxi park.

Mukono Town mayor George Fred Kagimu promised that the affected traders will be compensated while a shopping mall will be built on the piece of land that will remain after the construction of the road.

The Municipality leaders revealed plans of relocating the Taxi Park to Njogezi Valley in Nakabago for proper traffic management.

However, Nambooze together with the business community in Mukono Taxi Park have petitioned parliament, arguing that the move is ill intended.

She says it is the National Planning Authority responsible for such relocations and not the Town council authorities.

The traders have also complained that the area where municipality authorities want to relocate them is not accessible by buyers because it is very far from the main road.

They asked the municipality authorities to give them more time as they look for where to relocate their businesses.

However, according to Mukono Municipality Mayor George Fred Kagimu the decision was reached at, following UNRA’s plans of widening Kampala Jinja High way.

Reynolds Construction Company Ltd is currently reconstructing the Kayunga-Mukono road, but its works  stalled last year in Mukono Town since they could not go on unless the taxi park is demolished.

 

Mr Meddie Lutaaya, the treasurer Bugerere Taxi Operators said they would only relocate to the new taxi park when the roads are well constructed.