Taxi operate not happy with KCCA over illegal stages in the city
Taxi operators have raised concern over failure by city authority to gazette taxi parks in Kampala to reduce on the number of illegal stages within the city.
KCCA banned 50 taxi stages in a move aimed at decongesting the city. Some of the illegal stages are Clock Tower, Mini-Price, Namirembe Road, City Square, Nasser Road, Mutasa Kafeero, Mega standard and Bank of Uganda, among others.
According to the chairperson of Utrada Mustafah Mayambala , despite the calls by the minister of Kampala betty Kamya instructing KCCA to remove illegal stages in Kampala, the authority has not complied yet.
He says this has left a number of taxi drivers operating from illegal stages affecting those that complied and went to the available gazzetted parks.
A visit by this reporter to the stages reveals that taxis are operating normally without any interference from the KCCA enforcement officers. The chairperson of Drivers and Conductors Central Association, Mr Mustapha Mayambala said that the proposed USAFI Park by KCCA cannot accommodate all taxis operating on illegal stages, warning that if banned without a new area of relocation, tension would erupt.
“We have always advised KCCA to create more parks in all divisions of the city in vain,” Mr Mayambala said.
He castigated KCCA for failure to engage drivers on the new developments. Mr Richard Ssebunya, a taxi driver operating from Clock Tower, said: “Let KCCA give us an alternative because both the old and new taxi parks are full. Even USAFI itself cannot accommodate us.”