According to a circular to all Resident District Commissioners, City Commissioners, District Police Commanders and District Internal Security Officers, the minister said that they had received information about criminals masquerading as hawkers in villages, especially in Western Uganda. He advised that such trading should be restricted to trading centres.
in Kasese have pleaded with the government to reconsider its directive to ban
them from trading in villages. This
follows a directive issued by security Minister Maj. Gen
Jim Muhwezi banning hawking in villages.
to a circular to all Resident District Commissioners, City Commissioners, District Police Commanders and District Internal Security Officers, the minister said that they had received information about criminals masquerading as hawkers in villages,
especially in Western Uganda. He advised that such trading should be restricted to trading centres.
But hawkers in the district argue that their business is usually based on low capital investment and targets customers that are
far from retail and wholesale dealers within trading centres. They
suggest that instead of this restriction, the government should streamline their operations.
Byamukama, one of the hawkers said that such a directive comes as a huge setback to youths like him who
have ventured into the hawking business because they have little capital. He
says that they have an organized association that security can instead use to
monitor their operations or open up opportunities for them to venture into other businesses.
in; “Kubanga sinza kubere…
out… okimpe nkikole.”//
Jeremiah Kombi, another hawker from Kasese Town says that he has a customer base in the outskirts of the town and once
vending is restricted to trading centres and towns, he cannot compete with bigger and established traders because his
capital cannot support him to start any other business.
in; “Capital gwenina…
Sasirabu, another hawker says that it’s important for the minister to reconsider his
directive and focus on formally registering all hawkers. He thinks
once they are registered and given identity cards, it will be easy even among
themselves to deal with criminals hiding in their business.
//Cue in; “Mbire ninsaba nti…
Cue out...ninga oryomusuma.”//
Daniel Kule, a cosmetic hawker says that the directive is un-timely given the economic struggle
that many people are going through after the lockdown. He is hesitant
to leave trading his cosmetics in villages where he says there are better sales.
Kasese Resident District Commissioner Lt. Joe Walusimbi told URN that
he has summoned all GISO’s for a meeting to discuss how the directive will be
says they will not compromise with the directive and he expects all vendors to
comply or else wind up their business.
in; “Whoever feels that…
Cue out…they will accept.”//
In 2011 the then Minister of Defence Dr Crispus Kiyonga ordered
all hawkers to stop operating in villages on
account that some could be anti-government spies. The minister then directed members of the
security organs in the country to arrest any hawker found transacting business
in the village.