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Kamya Condemns Brutality of KCCA Law Enforcement

Kamyas rebuke comes days after the drowning of a hawker, 35-year-old Oliver Basemera in Nakivubo Channel.
Kampala minister Beti Olive Kamya Turomwe

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Beti Kamya, the Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs has condemned the brutality of Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement team. 

Kamya's rebuke comes days after the drowning of a hawker, 35-year-old Oliver Basemera in Nakivubo Channel.  The single mother drowned on Friday last week as she tried to evade arrest by KCCA law enforcement officers.

Basemera's death drew angry reactions from the KCCA political wing, women activists and the general public. This morning, Kamya condemned the brutality by the KCCA law enforcement officers.

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She also noted that there is need to improve the recruitment, training and discipline of Kamapala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers.

"Training is important but also the law needs to be looked at. The law says when you arrest a vendor you need exhibit, I think that is why they (law enforcers) run after vendors," she said.

Kamya however, noted that government will not give a leeway to street vending, saying government has created alternatives for the street vendors.

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Kamya said she has received complaints from traders in Kampala, saying that vendors have stormed streets in unprecedented numbers.

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The minister said she is planning to meet vendors early next week to chat a way forward on how the current crisis can be resolved. 

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