By Our Reporter
KAMPALA, UGANDA|SHIFTMEDIA NEWS| The Land Division of High Court in Kampala has issued a temporary injunction stopping government, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA, and any of their agents from carrying out any activity on Old taxi park land.
The Old taxi park was closed for renovation in May 2020, and the Deputy Registrar Land Division, Janeva Natukunda has ordered that the status quo be maintained.
Earlier this year, five companies, Lukyamuzi Investments Ltd owning 0.058 hectares, DKS Uganda Ltd (0.135 hectares), Key and Ham Investments Ltd (0.058 hectares), Abamwe Transporters Ltd (0.067 hectares), and Kabale Distributors Ltd (0.55 hectares), sued KCCA and government for encroaching on their land.
The companies say they acquired the land from the then Kampala City Council (KCC), but KCC didn’t give them vacant possession of their land. In 2006, they went to court and in 2017, settled the matter through a consent judgement under which KCCA agreed to sublease the land. It was agreed that the plot owners would develop their plots into multilevel parking and commercial facility in accordance with designs and structural drawings approved by KCCA.
The companies represented by their lawyer Nasser Serunjoji, told court that in mid 2020, KCCA started renovating the park and in August, they realised that the Authority had encroached on part of their land. They asked KCCA to stop the encroachment and upon numerous engagements, entered a consent agreement with KCCA in December 2020 in which KCCA, agreed to grant them their plots after completing works on the carpet.
The agreement was entered at a time when the park was closed for renovation. The developers have for long sought to get the land but taxi operators vowed never to leave. They took advantage of the renovations that started in May 2020 when taxis were still parked following the nationwide lockdown that saw the suspension of public transport to renew their demands for the land.