Controversies surrounding creation of Iguru one car park, a new taxi park at Ihungu in Kyakatabuka cell, Nyangahya division in Masindi municipality has emerged as the tender of Masindi Taxi Park describes it illegal and nonexistent since it is not gazatted by Masindi municipal council.
Bera Kenneth, the chairperson of Masindi Taxi Drivers and Operators’ SACCO which was contracted to manage Masindi Taxi Park says that, if a new park is to be created, the terms and conditions must change since it is well stated that all vehicles must be loaded from the main park.
Bera says that even if a new park is created, as taxi owners and drivers, they have an upper hand to manage it since there is a tendering process to be followed with clearly stated guidelines. He vowed to impound all vehicles loading from the new park and park them at Masindi municipal council offices.
Meanwhile, members of the association that created Iguru one car park on Monday morning convened a meeting at Ihungu to forge a way forward after receiving a letter allegedly issued by the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru one cancelling out an offer of ¼ an acre of land that he gave them in 2015 out of over 60acreas of land in Ihungu that was restituted to Bunyoro Kitara kingdom.
Micheal Bagonza, the chairperson of Iguru car park described the letter cancelling their offer by the king as a forged one because Iguru wants the area developed by his subjects.
When contacted, the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom prime minister, Norman Lukumu said that there is a similar scenario at Kikube in Hoima district where the Omukama offered land and again withdrew his offer. He said that he has decided to forward the two issues to the cabinet to decide and advised the concerned parties to wait for cabinet to make its pronouncement.
On the legality of the park, Iguru car park, Frank Atulinde, the Masindi municipality spokesperson disclosed that an association of Iguru one car park applied for establishment of a new park at Ihungu and a committee was constituted to make an assessment.
He added that, the formation of a new park is supposed to be by a resolution of municipal council but right now the information that was gathered by a committee is under Masindi municipal council management for review and expects Iguru one car park to start operating legally in January 2017.