Photos: Chaos As Taxi Drivers Resist KCCA Relocation


more about sans-serif; color: #222222;”>This followed a directive by KCCA for some stages to be relocated tofind sans-serif; color: #222222;”> the newly created park in order to reduce on congestion in the Oldand geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”> Taxi Park which didn’t go well with the drivers who accused the city body of harassing them.

KCCA had given April 7, (today) as the deadline for all taxis to have relocated to the new taxi park which forced the drivers to protest against the move by the city body.

CPS DPC, Namuwoza calming down the drivers

“In the new park we are required to pay Shs 2000 each time you load passengers which was not the case with the Old park where we only paid
the monthly fee of Shs 120,000 as demanded by KCCA,” said a driver.

Paul, a driver on Kibuye stage, noted that relocating the taxis who ply town service routes would reduce on the passengers.

Passengers carrying their luggage to USAFI park

According to the drivers, Entebbe bound taxis should be relocated to the new park and leave those on short routes to stay in the Old Taxi Park to which advise KCCA had kept a deaf ear.

“I wish the defunct UTODA was here to save us because they catered for the welfare of the drivers unlike the new body – TARPSCOM who are after squeezing money out of the drivers. The previous body would ensure we had job security,” lamented another driver.

Drivers continue to resist

The furious drivers further retorted that the new body TARPSCOM didn’t represent the interests of the drivers but rather individual gains of its leaders whom they accused of not consulting them on matters concerning them.

Meanwhile, police led by CPS DPC, Dennis Namuwoza, they had to intervene and bring sanity to the old taxi park as drivers resisted the move to be relocated to USAFI Market taxi park.

Police rushed to the scene to preserve order

However, there was jubilation as the head of security in KCCA, Kituuma Rusoke, came with a list of stages to be relocated to the newly constructed park and these included the contentious Entebbe stage which forced drivers to calm down and agreed to relocate.

According to a document from KCCA, 11 stages were to be relocated to USAFI market taxi park as a measure to create space for more taxis to occupy the Old Taxi Park.

Stranded passengers

Police remains deployed as the Old taxi park to oversee security of the area as KCCA officers assist in the relocation of the taxis to the new premises.


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