Kampala Capital City Authority will soon move Nakivubo Park Yard and other non-gazetted markets out of the central business district, Executive Director Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi told MPs yesterday.
Musisi also revealed plans to relocate the Old taxi park by June 2014, to allow repairs. Appearing before the Legal and Internal Affairs committee, chaired by Kajara MP Steven Tashobya (NRM), Musisi said: “Under the 3rd schedule to the Kampala Capital City Authority Act, 2010, the authority is mandated to prohibit, restrict, regulate or license the use of any part of the street or public place for the purpose of carrying out any trade, business or profession. Additionally, the authority also has as one of its functions, the mandate to carry out development control.”
Musisi was in Parliament largely to respond to investigation reports into land-related conflicts. The report was done by the Inspectorate of Government, covering the period from 2007 to 2012. Nakivubo Park Yard Market has been gutted by fire several times in recent years.
“The land on which this market is situated is the parking area of Nakivubo War Memorial stadium. It is not a designated trade area or a market,” Musisi said.
She urged MPs to support her relocation plans.
“We respectfully seek the unbridled support of Parliament and all other organs and agencies of government to have this market removed from its present location in a bid to restore trade order and development control within the capital city,” she said.
Asked whether she had alternative markets for the vendors who may be evicted, she said: “We have already bought land in different parts of Kampala for example in Busega, [the structural plans are ready] we have land in Bukoto, Kitintale and we are planning to purchase land in Kasubi to build a market that will accommodate vendors from both Nankulabye and Kasubi.”
“We want every division in Kampala to get a modern market like Wandegeya,” she said.
But she added that government had not provided funds to embark on the construction exercise yet. Musisi revealed that KCCA would relocate the Old taxi park by June, to allow renovations.
“Come June, there will be no Old taxi park because we have provided funds to renovate it as we did in the case of new taxi park,” she said. “We were aised by the traffic engineers in Entebbe that we should get a park on Entebbe road route such that taxis from that road do not pass through the city in order to decongest the city.”
Source : The Observer