Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has attacked government for what he called messing up the construction of the new taxi park.
Lukwago says when he conceived the idea of a better parking lot for taxis in the city, he wanted to put up a modern structure that would accommodate all those who park by the roadside. He says the streets in the city would be organized and traffic flow would be smooth.
Lukwago however says as soon as he made his plans known, the government rushed to demolish the old facilities at the park and started constructing new ones. He says because they had not conceived the idea, they rushed to put up something that does not match the standards of a modern city.
According to Lukwago, seven parking levels would have been constructed if they had followed what he had planned. He now says 7.5 billion shillings was wasted on substandard work that should have offered better value for that amount of money spent.
Lukwago says Kampala is among the few cities in the world that do not have a parking lot.
Peter Kaujju, the Communications and Media Supervisor at KCCA, however, says it is premature to make such statements. Kaujju says according to the plans, the new taxi park will be a seven tier parking lot, but they have only started with the ground floor. Kaujju says as soon as the city Authority gets more funding the construction will be done in phases until the whole project is completed.