Redevelopment of old taxi park kicks off on Monday

By Daudi Zirimala

The Kampala Capital City Authority has finalized plans to redevelop Old Taxi Parks starting on Monday after agreeing with all taxi operators to construct this park in phases.

In a meeting organized by Kampala Operational Taxi and Stages Association KOTSA Chairman Hajji Yasin Ssematimba, the redevelopment of old Taxi Park will commence on Monday and number of stages will be affected Including Entebbe, Lubaga, and Kawempe Namugongo among others.

He says that they agreed with KCCA to have alternative parking for stages that would be affected in the first phase.

The renovated Taxi Park will increase the economic potential of more than 25,000 people who work in this area. This will benefit passengers, taxi drivers, conductors, food vendors and small business owners.” Yasin said.

Police Liason Officer Emmanuel Ssempijja warned taxi operators against politicizing the project but instead cooperate with the contract to make the redevelopment of the park is done in a stipulated deadline.

Kampala Capital City Authority received Shs3 billion grant from the government of Netherlands for redeveloping of Old Taxi Park.

The proposed redevelopment of the Old Taxi Park is linked to the just completed Urban Transport Master Plan where KCCA plans to provide residents of Kampala with fast and reliable public transport services by 2040.

Over 200,000 people commute daily through the Old Taxi Park to connect to different destinations within the greater Kampala metropolitan area and beyond.

London police treating Finsbury Park Mosque attack as potential terrorism : Theresa

A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque.

The van mounted the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near Finsbury Park Mosque in Seven Sisters Road. A 48-year-old man has been arrested.

Prime Minister Theresa May said police were treating it “as a potential terrorist attack”.

The Muslim Council of Britain said a van intentionally ran over worshippers.

Eyewitness Abdul Rahman told the BBC he struck one of the attackers and helped subdue him.

“When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying ‘I want to kill Muslims. ‘I want to kill Muslims.’

“I hit him on his stomach… and then me and the other guys… we held him to the ground until he couldn’t move. We stopped him until the police came.”

Counter-terrorism officers are at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said.

 

 

 

-BBC

Lion on the loose in Kyenjojo killed to save residents

By Robert Ssegawa
A lion that has been giving residents sleepless nights has been killed in Kyenjojo district. The lion escaped from Queen Elizabeth national park.
It was killed  during an operation mounted by police and officials from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Twesigye Julius who was leading the team from UWA says people should always report to police when they see wild animal in area.