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Govt to prevail over brutal multiplex parking goons

Minister of State for Kampala Capital City Authority, Benny Namugwanya appearing before the House. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The State Minister for Kampala Capital City Affairs, Beni Namugwanya has revealed plans by Government to rein over the rowdy conduct of staff at Multiplex, a company that was contracted by the City Authority to collect street parking revenues.

Multiplex staff have been accused by Ugandan of mistreatment and brutality.

The Minister’s commitment followed a matter raised by Bugabula South MP, Henry Kibalya who said during today’s plenary sitting that the Multiplex staff have started harassing and chaining up vehicles they suspect of parking yet most times, the motorists are simply making a stopover to pick phone calls since it is illegal to drive while talking on phone in Uganda.

“Those people just drive park their pickup and chain their vehicles, even without talking to motorists. On several occasions these guys don’t reason. These guys in Kampala didn’t go to the bush like others say, they were brought to Kampala,” said Kibalya.

Namugwanya indeed confessed that she received a similar complaint from Nakapiripiriti Woman MP, Esther Anyakuni and thought that the Multiplex staff had improved on their conduct.

“The fact it is very rampant is the reason we are going to take up. We are going to engage them and tell them what they should and not do. Can we be given two weeks to report back to Parliament?” said Namuyangu.

The complaints from MPs comes at the time the report from the Auditor General pointed out that KCCA has failed to collect funds to a tune of Shs433.8M from Multiplex despite the street parking company collecting money daily.

The Authority amended the contract with Multiplex on August 9th 2017 with the contract amount payable revised from Shs140.3M to UGX375M and the parking fee were also revised from UGX400 to UGX1000 for the first two hours and UGX800 for extra 30minutes.

When KCCA conducted an audit of the Multiplex contract, the Authority discovered that Multiplex had breached the contract through late remittances of funds and failure to provide KCCA with access to the contractors’ management information system, continuous variation of parking spaces and failure to mark parking slots.

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