Teargas Rocks Downtown Kampala

online geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Drama started unfolding on Friday morning when the anti-riot police personnel accompanied the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) officials to force bus drivers to park at a different bus terminal outside the city.

viagra order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Upon seeing trucks of Police, recipe traders, who claimed their business would be hurt after the eviction of buses at the busy trading point, charged at Police.

They further said they would not allow the buses to leave the stage, touching off violent running battles with the well-equipped police.

No casualties have been recorded in the melee.

At Arua Park, Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says the “situation is rapidly getting out of hand,” adding, “the traders are pelting stones at Police.”

Business has come to a standstill with traders locking their shops to avoid looting and destruction of property.


In its implementation of its policies for reducing traffic jam in the city centre, KCCA in March issued formal letters to bus companies and owners of the trucks that park around Arua Park requesting them to vacate the place as soon as possible.

KCCA spokesperson, Peter Kauju, recently said the authority early this year “met with both the bus and lorry drivers and we discussed the matter.”

He added: “This law exists. We are just enforcing the law which prohibits people from parking vehicles in ungazetted areas. We expect them to vacate the area as soon as possible and failure to do so we shall try to use other means as established by the law.”

However, people operating businesses in the area did not welcomed the idea claiming that this will reduce on the number of their customers since most of the people who buy goods from them are travelers.

KCCA has greatly changed the city of Kampala. It recently constructed a new leisure park along Kampala Road near Watoto church that cost shs700 million.

It is also planning to introduce a railway transport service this year to reduce on the traffic jam in the city centre.

In their Kampala Physical Development Plan (PDP), which covers the city’s development between 2012 and 2040, there is a preposition of creation of road tolls.

The plan indicates different road tolls will be constructed in areas; Nsangi, Nakisunga, Nasana, Goma and Entebbe and it will be called the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA).


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