By; Charles Katabalwa
The Minister for Kampala Betty Kamya has ordered all vendors who have flooded the streets of Kampala to leave off with immediate effect.
The minister expressed concern today that following last week’s tragedy in which a vendor was chased to her death by KCCA enforcement officers, fellow vendors took advantage of the public outcry to spread all over the streets once again.
Olivia Basemera jumped and drowned in a city waste channel as she fled from the KCCA enforcers.
In a press conference at the Media Center in Kampala, Kamya says vendors have taken advantage of the death of Basemera to contravene the KCCA laws and jam the streets with merchandise amidst of the absence of enforcement which is undergoing investigations.
Minister Kamya told the media, that the incident, while regrettable, doesn’t take away the fact that vendors are still not welcome on city streets.
She said the laws and regulations of street vendors are still at play and that anyone breaks them will be penalized.
Minister Kamya also revealed that early next week, there will be a meeting between her and the vendors to find ways of streamlining their work.
Government procured places like USAFI Market to minimize the number of street vendors, but these have been rejected due to poor accessibility and slow business.