By Mildred Nambi
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is set to launch another attempt to evict truck loaders from Arua Park after they resisted the earlier attempts.
The latest round is expected to be jointly conducted by the KCCA law enforcement officers and the police after loaders attacked and chased away the enforcement officers at the last attempt.
Earlier this year, KCCA ordered all bus companies and big trucks to relocate away from the city centre. According to the KCCA, the buses are operating illegally in the park. The bus companies and trucks were given until end of June to relocate. Most of the bus companies that had been operating from the park have complied with the directives and have relocated. Gaagaa Bus Company has opened up a new office at Ben Kiwanuka Street, next to Katumwa Sports Centre, while KKT Bus Company has also moved. Other bus companies like Nile Coach and California have since moved their terminals away from Arua Park.
The struggle now remains between the truck loaders and KCCA.
Last month, KCCA sent its law enforcement officers to evict the truck loaders, but the loaders responded by beating up the enforcers and chasing them away.
KCCA spokesperson Peter Kauju says the authority is in the final stages of launching a fresh eviction that will now be jointly carried out with the police after the earlier attempts failed.
Kaujju says much as the truck loaders are resisting, some companies have already handed in application for allocation of land at Bwaise, in Kawempe Division to operate parks.
He says the Authority is evaluating the application and a pronouncement will be made soon.
Kaujju says the city is already planned and the current location of Arua Park has never been reserved for a park.