The eviction comes a day after an ultimatum issued by Kampala City Traders Association KACITA to rid the streets of vending activities elapsed. The traders had given KCCA up to the end of yesterday to evict vendors from the city streets, failure of which, they would vacate their shops and display their merchandise on the streets.
Issa Sekitto, the KACITA spokesperson tells URN in an interview that substandard products were still making it to the Ugandan market because of reduced surveillance by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde to appear in parliament on Wednesday to guide the nation on the tax levies that have prompted traders to go on a sit down strike.
Almost all shops in downtown Kampala remain closed as traders start their three-day strike. The traders want Government and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to remove the Pre- export Verification Conformity (PVoC). The PVoC programme is meant to guard against counterfeit goods on the local market.