Robert Kalumba, the Deputy KCCA Spokesperson says street vendors have a week to visit markets and get space. He however couldn't tell how many vendors are on the streets and to which specific markets they should go.
Capital City Authority-KCCA has embarked on road drives to implore vendors to
voluntarily vacate the streets within one week’s time.
A sound truck drives around the central business district warning
vendors against operating on the streets and asking them to take advantage of
the waiver on operational fees to get space in the markets. Last year,
the government suspended the collection of market dues in its markets in Kampala.
Currently, the vendors are only required to pay utility
bills like water and electricity and some times, garbage collection fees where
KCCA doesn't collect all garbage due to low capacity. Robert Kalumba, the Deputy KCCA Spokesperson says street vendors have a week to
visit markets and get space.
He however couldn't tell how many vendors are on
the streets and to which specific markets they should go.
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Apparently, USAFI and Wandegeya Central Market are only ones
with some empty stalls. However, a number of vendors shunned USAFI, saying that
they do not make as much money as they do on the streets. Wandegeya
Central Market also several vacant stalls since the vendors for whom it was
constructed abandoned it on grounds that it was expensive. They also argued that the shops on the last
floors don’t attract customers since they are far.
While some vendors are willing to leave the streets, many insist that KCCA
should only guide them on where to operate on the streets and when. They say
they cannot go back to markets they abandoned when the issues they raised then
have not been resolved.
Ismail Mubiru, the chairperson FUBA TUKOLE Vendors Association, says that the
Authority is still lacking in planning. He says they have no problem leaving
the street as vendors but they want it done in an organized manner.
that with the current situation in the markets it will be difficult for them to
take up stalls that were designed without their input. He also claims that the association has over
15,000 members and all of them want to get licensed by the authority.
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In 2019 KCCA drafted the Street Vendors and Hawkers Ordinance to streamline
activities of street vendors and hawkers. The ordinance provided for days and hours
street vendors and hawkers shall be permitted to operate and the streets to
The ordinance also requires the vendors to acquire a license from KCCA and use
uniforms to identify them depending on the divisions, in which they are
licensed to operate.
The City Lord Mayor
Erias Lukwago says it is incorrect for KCCA to take vendors off the streets
without a clear plan to resettle them. Lukwago says that the move is unsustainable
y as the available markets are congested, which requires KCCA to pass street
vendors ordinances to regulate their business instead of evicting them.