New Taxi Park lockups illegal, says Lukwago

By: Joseph Kiggundu

KAMPALA: City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has protested the ongoing construction of lockups at the New Taxi Park, saying the structures are illegal.

Speaking to the Daily Monitor on Saturday, a day after some of the lock-ups were commissioned, Mr Lukwago said the plan to put up such illegal structures was hatched late last year after government denied him access to his office.

“They are using my absence to do all forms of dubious deals. They accused me of not signing minutes, so during my absence who is signing the minutes to approve these new projects?,” Mr Lukwago asked.

Last week several lockup shops were commissioned in the New Taxi Park. Addressing journalist in Kampala last week, Mr Jamal Sserwanda, one of the managers for the lockups, said the new structures seek to create more space for traders in the park.

“We are not in this Kampala politics. We are here to offer a particular service as well as improving the city,” he said.

However, when asked about the cost of the project, Mr Sserwanda declined to state how much would be spent to put up the lockups.

Mr Lukwago said for Kampala to develop, views from differing stakeholders must be listened to and respected as well as put in place a Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority.

Source: Daily Monitor

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