Thursday October 27 2016

Kampala MPs give KCCA 4 days to stop city eviction order

Vendors gather Irish potatoes that were

Vendors gather Irish potatoes that were scattered in the road during a scuffle with KCCA enforcement team. PHOTO BY COLLEB MUGUME 

By Agencies


Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante and his Makindye West counterpart Allan Ssewanyana have condemned as ruthless the eviction of city street vendors, and have asked KCCA to reverse the order within four days.

On Tuesday this week, a team of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcers backed by police embarked on the eviction of street vendors. The evictions came a day after the KCCA political wing led by City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago passed a resolution allowing the street vendors to operate between 5pm to 10pm on selected city streets, including Allen Road, Kafumbe-Mukasa Road, Nakivubo Mews, and Mackay Road, all in downtown Kampala.
The KCCA political wing was compelled to pass the resolution to calm the tension between street vendors and city traders under their umbrella body, Kampala City Trader's Association (Kacita). The eviction of the vendors that came despite the city council resolution has drawn angry reactions from both Mr Kasibante and Mr Ssewanyana.
Kasibante said they have now given the KCCA technical wing and police up to Monday next week to allow the street vendors operate freely in accordance with the council resolution.

Last week, Beti Olive Kamya, the minister in charge of Kampala, announced plans to evict the vendors as part of the plans to restore order in the city.