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Four Arrested in Clash Between Kalerwe Market Vendors, KCCA Officers

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Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, says the suspects are locked up at Wandegeya Police Station for inciting violence. He declined to divulge details, saying the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects was conducted by KCCA, which handed them to police.
Abandoned Merchandise in Kalerwe Market due to the Demonstration

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Four people are in police custody following violent clashes between vendors at Kalerwe market and Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA law enforcement officers. 

The suspects who include two minors were picked up during while protesting the eviction of roadside vendors by KCCA law enforcement officers on Thursday evening.  

The adult suspects are Julius Ssentogo Damba and Basoga Ssali. 

Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, says the suspects are locked up at Wandegeya Police Station for inciting violence.  

He declined to divulge details, saying the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects was conducted by KCCA, which handed them to police.   

Some of the market vendors interviewed by URN said the clashes started when the KCCA enforcement officer stormed the area accompanied by Local Defense Unit-LDU personnel and started evicting them from the road side. 

The enforcement team also reportedly impounded merchandise from the affected roadside vendors.   This sparked outrage from the vendors who rose up in arms against the enforcement. 

They pelted the officers with stones leading to fierce clashes prompting police to use teargas to disperse the rowdy vendors.  

/Cue in: “Naye nga mubyona….  

Cue out: …ebintu bibelawo tebitegelekeka”.//  

 

Twair Kasembeza, the Officer in Charge of Operations Kalerwe Police Station, says one of the vendors attacked him with a machete but he was saved by some vendors. 

He however, sustained some injuries in the leg after being hit by a stone. 

The KCCA Spokesperson, Peter Kauju confirmed the operation at Kalerwe market, saying it is part of their ongoing operations to clean the city. 

He said they are trying to ensure that people park properly and maintain order in the city by reducing congestion on streets.      

Godfrey Ssenongo Kasoma, the Defense and Security Secretary at Kalerwe Lufula Market, accused KCCA of taxing roadside vendors and trying to evict them at the same time.   

//Cue in: “ Naye kino sagala… 

Cue out: …zabwe nezitatuka mu council”.//

Each of the vendors claimed they pay about Shillings 300 to 1500 in market dues each day.  

//Cue in: ..."Era ono gwe…    

Cue out: …nebatuguza musente zaffe”.//