In a statement issued by UNRA, “The creation of these taxi stages has reduced the size of the road surface available to vehicular traffic resulting into congestion along these sections and this has in turn created safety hazards for other road users.”
Commuter taxi operators that have been operating outside
gazzeted tax parks have agreed to relocate to the parks as part of UNRA’s
effort to reduce traffic along the Northern bypass.
Uganda Road Authority recently said the creation of taxi stages
out of the parks along the bypass were responsible reduced the size of the road
surface available to vehicular traffic resulting into congestion.
The stages which were operating illegally are also said to
have compromised the safety measures aimed at protecting the road users.
The Northern bypass passes through Kampala and parts of
Wakiso district starting from Bweyogerere on Jinja road to Busega where it
joins the Entebbe expressway.
The bypass was designed to relieve congestion and
reduce on travel time on several routes in and around Kampala.
The commuter drivers on Friday held crisis meetings where the
majority agreed to heed to President Museveni and Uganda National Roads
Authority’s call to stop operations at the illegally established loading
Authority had notified all persons under those stages
to move to designated taxi stages by August 18th, 2020 or risk being removed by
URN visited some of the stages at Namungoona , Busega,Masanafu, Kalerwe and
Bwaise roundabouts and found the operators gathered in meetings to
resolve the standoff. Many said they had no option but to heed to the directive.
Dick Saabwe, a taxi driver and the secretary of the stage at Namungoona
roundabout said that his only worry was the park where they are relocating to
may be congested.
While he fears that they may ply less journeys, the
relocation will relieve him of stress of working under fear of operating under
// “Cue in: Naffe tubadde kukubo…
Cue out: …ate nemukomawo.”//
Hajji Abdul Rahkumani Mutebi, who has been operating from Busega
roundabout said working under unauthorized stages has been risky because they
// “Cue in: Tutikira ku Northern…
Cue out: …nga tuze wano.”//
Kevin Mubiru, the Chairman of Nansana Taxi park, said the
park is open to every driver provided they respected the rules and regulations
ta the stages.
// “Cue in: Era ne meeting…
Cue out: …ffena tulina kukolera wamu.”//
Dissan Mutawe, the acting chairman of Kalerwe taxi park also
said there is enough space for other taxis who will be joining and start
operating adding that this is done to save them from being arrested and cars
Yesterday, over 70 taxis were impounded for operating in
ungazetted areas in Kampala. They were operating in areas, like Ben
Kiwanuka street, Mega standard supermarket among others on Katwe road yet they
had been relocated to parks like Usafi, Kisennyi, New park as redevelopment was
going on in their recent park of Old taxi park.