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Kampala City street vendors seek legalisation from KCCA


Vendors display their merchandise on Kampala streets.  (FILE PHOTO)


A group of vendors who operate near Nakasero market have asked the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), to legalise them to avoid endless scuffles with the law enforcement officials.

Pamella Nabukenya, said, as vendors, they have been affected by the lockdown like any other Ugandan, but the government has not made any consideration to cater for them as they did to others, who benefited from Prime Minister Nabbanja’s covid-19 relief fund.

“Some of us lost our husbands, the lucky ones have become breadwinners in their families because their husbands have taken long without earning anything due to the lockdown,” Nabukenya said.

She added that whenever KCCA officials and Police find them trying to make ends meet, they run after them, confiscating their merchandise.

“Whenever they arrest or seize our goods, they charge us between sh200, 000 to Sh300, 000 but to our dismay, these people have now made it a daily practice to arrest and extort from us, why?” she lamented.

She said they are seeking help from the concerned authorities to back their suggestion, at least to legalise them instead of witch-hunting them as if they are thugs.

The KCCA spokesperson, Daniel Niwabiine, said they still have some spaces like in Usafi market but wondered why vendors have deliberately ignored doing business from there and decided to be on the streets.

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