Isma Ssekamanya is one of the people whose two kiosks were evicted from Burton street where he had employed two people. Ssekamanya, who looked puzzled when our reporter interviewed him, said that he has six other kiosks in Ndeeba and two in Katwe and didn’t know if they had been spared.
Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA has embarked on an operation to evict mobile money kiosks from streets in the city. On
Monday, KCCA removed kiosks from the
Central Business District and the outskirts of Kampala in Ndeeba along Entebbe
Isma Ssekamanya is one of the people whose two kiosks
were evicted from Burton street where he had employed two people. Ssekamanya, who looked puzzled when our reporter interviewed him, said that he
has six other kiosks
in Ndeeba and two in Katwe and didn’t know
if they had been
He explained that he obtained a
permit from the City
Authority through its Physical Planning Directorate after paying Shillings 550,000 to set up the kiosks.
Each kiosk cost him Shillings 75,000
in trading trade license fees.
Ssekamanya showed URN a March 4th, 2021 letter proving that his company
Ssentamu Muhusin Mobile Services
was licensed to operate at the junction along the Ben Kiwanuka and Burton
Street. Ssekamanya says KCCA officials inspected the location before he set up
the kiosks but was surprised to learn that KCCA was at the Kiosks to remove them.
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Ssekamanya says KCCA didn't give them any notice
to vacate. He says they only showed up to impound their kiosks. Asaph Nahurira, the chairman of Uganda Street Vendors
Association expressed dismay that KCCA impounded people's Kiosks yet they are
the same people who licensed them and granted them permission to work in the
He says the actions of the government are likely to render several youths
idle since they have now lost employment. After
the kiosk has been taken, he says, the business owners keep their mobile money
business lines but their employees are likely to remain jobless until the business owner gets another
area to operate.
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The Deputy Spokesperson of KCCA, Robert Kalumba, said the operation is intended to enforce order in
the City, adding that the Kiosks were established illegally. Last week, the Kampala Resident City Commissioner-RCC Hud Hussein ordered street
vendors to vacate latest January Sunday 16th, 2022.
He said they should leave
before they are helped to leave. During the operation on Monday, KCCA law enforcement officers were escorted
by military police and officers from the police
Field Force Units.