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“Business in neighboring arcades like Nabukeera plaza, Qualicel bus terminal, Premier building, Jesco beauty centre, Mini price among others has been greatly affected.”
In February this year, KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju promised traders that business at the park will resume in early July, however, there is no sign of the park being opened soon.
The New Taxi Park was closed by KCCA to renovate the taxi park grounds and refurbishment of the lock-up shops.
Mr Robert Kalumba, the deputy spokesperson KCCA, requests traders to be patient and assured them that the authority is working day in day out on the park to see it re-open in time.
“When this park opens, it will be the traders to benefit more because it will be free from mud and pot holes as it was before,” he noted.
Stella Kulabako, a trader on Nabukeera plaza, says they are no longer working because they have few customers. “Most of our customers used to be people going to the park, they would shop here and continue to get taxis,” she noted.
Thomas Lumu, a trader on Jesco Beauty Centre added that the situation is bad since he has no money for rent. “I used to have many customers from Mbarara, Masaka, Kabale among other places who would buy his goods before heading to the park, but not anymore,” he said.
Not only have the traders been affected but also other beneficiaries. Robert Lubega, he carries bulky goods around Premier building on Nabugabo road says, few people hire him to carry goods these days.