Police have today used live bullets to disperse violent vendors currently resisting Kampala Affairs Minister Beti Kamya’s orders to vacate Kampala streets.
The vendors say selling merchandise on the streets is their only source of livelihood hence staging a protest.
Kamya last week ordered KCCA to forcefully evict all vendors from city streets as a way of creating sanity in Uganda’s capital.
She said the street vendors had led to confusion, recipe http://catrinmacdonnell.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-stats.php congestion and noise pollution which had bred insecurity and violence in the city.
“All illegal street vending activities will not be allowed to continue and government therefore directs all street vendors to vacate streets, site http://chompdigital.com/wp-includes/nav-menu.php road reserves, open spaces, carriageways and sidewalks forthwith,” ordered Kamya.
The minister said she had received several complaints and petitions from various stakeholders in relation to disorder in the city, stressing it was high time government acted firmly.
But opposition Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago responded by asking Kamya to reverse her order.
He also mobilised Councillors to set aside a few roads where vendors can transact their business.
However, the angry vendors have today Tuesday vowed to fight for their own survival.
“We will not allow to be pushed out of the city,” charged a vendor in downtown Kampala.
They are demanding a strategic, cheap and gazetted area where they will operate their small businesses.
Today’s administrative operation covered most of the streets in Kampala.
The vendors had largely been swept off the streets until the 2016 elections when Museveni publicly rebuked KCCA boss Jennifer Musisi for doing “the correct thing wrongly”.
To the vendors, this statement implied the president was opposed to their removal from the streets.
The latest action spearheaded by the Minister has since received public support as vendors had become a menace and disrupted traffic in the city.
Kamya insists government will be judged by the cleanliness and orderliness in the city not how soft it treated vendors.
“There is no city in the entire world where there are no laws governing vendors and for cities to be clean there is a price to be paid by the people. The price to be paid for Kampala to be clean is taking vendors off the streets,” charged Kamya at a recent press conference.
“KCCA has its own enforcement wing that should deal with them (vendors) in case they refuse to vacate the streets peaceful,” she added.
Kamya urged the street vendors to take advantage of the available spaces in markets as well as weekend markets.
The implementation of Kamya’s also came at a time when police and Kampala City Traders’ Association (KACITA) were engaged in running battles trying to forcefully take vendors off the streets.