Kampala Capital City Authority has directed vendors at the Parkyard Market to vacate all bridges accessing the market with immediate effect.
However, barely a month ago, Kampala Resident City Commissioner Aisha Kabanda had assured traders that no one would evict them without finding a relocation site.
KCCA physical planning director Moses Atwine told vendors that they were littering the Nakivubo channel with solid waste and preventing free entrance and exit of people from the market.
The message is contained in his letter of May 28 to leaders of the vendors.
KCCA in a February 21, 2012 letter signed by the authority’s director legal affairs, said Parkyard market was illegally established as a market. However, Mr Hamza Kalema, the vendors’ chairperson, told the Daily Monitor that they were not moved by the directive because it was non-binding.
“We had a meeting with the KCCA executive director, Ms Jennifer Musisi, recently and she told us they were not concerned with the issues of this market. So we don’t expect anyone form the authority to issue a differring statement. Our position is that we hold what Ms Musisi said,” Mr Kalema said on phone yesterday.
Parkyard Market hosts more than 2,000 traders. The market has suffered three consecutive fires in a span of four years.