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Lukwago Calls for Regulation of KCCA Enforcement Officers

Lukwagos suggestion comes after the death of a city hawker Oliver Basemera, 35, who drowned in Nakivubo Channel on Friday while fleeing from law enforcement officers, who were conducting operations against hawking in the central business district.

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Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has called for regulation of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement teams.

Lukwago's suggestion comes after the death of a city hawker Oliver Basemera, 35, who drowned in Nakivubo Channel on Friday while fleeing from law enforcement officers, who were conducting operations against hawking in the central business district.

The incident triggered outrage among vendors and boda-boda riders who carried her body to City Hall, the headquarters of KCCA accusing the authority of causing her death.

The City Authority later issued a statement distancing itself from the tragedy. The statement noted that "at the time of the incident, it is alleged that there was a vehicle belonging to KCCA at Jinja Road Traffic Junction."

But Lukwago said such a statement is an attempt to cover up and condone KCCA law enforcement team.

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Lukwago faults the authority for the absence of a bi-law on the regulation of KCCA laws in line with a resolution passed in November 2016 calling for drafting an ordinance on law enforcement.

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Lukwago also calls for an investigation into the recruitment of Godwin Katugume, the law enforcement supervisor who led the team that was conducting the operation at the time of the tragedy. He says that Katugume first came to KCCA as the executive director's bodyguard in 2012. He later retired from police but it's not clear how he was recruited as a law enforcement supervisor.

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The KCCA Act 2010 provides that the authority is responsible for Prohibiting, restricting, regulating the sale or hawking of wares or the erection of stalls on any street, or the use of any part of the street or public place for the purpose of carrying on any trade, business or profession. However, the Act is silent modalities of recruiting law enforcement team to effect the act and ordinances passed by the authority.

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