Fred Mayanja, one of the vendors who has been roasting chicken in the market since 2015, says that Kalema, who claims to own the space they operate from, keeps threatening to evict them for declining to pay monthly dues.
Vendors of roasted chicken in Wandegeya are living in fear of
eviction. The more than 80 vendors accuse their former coordinator, Joseph
Kalema of severally threatening to evict them from their stalls.
Fred Mayanja, one of the vendors who has been roasting
chicken in the market since 2015, says that Kalema, who claims to own the space
they operate from, keeps threatening to evict them for declining to pay monthly
He explains that they stopped paying the dues following a
directive by President, Yoweri Museveni halting the payments. According to
Mayanja, some of his colleagues like Ayub Africa and Frank Zziwa ended up in
jail over trumped-up charges instigated by Kalema.
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explains that during the reconstruction on Wandegeya market, KCCA asked them to
find space to operate from. He says that Kalema
asked them to pay some money and collected Shillings 3.5 million, which he used
to secure the space.
“We are surprised now to hear that these stalls
are personal property. They are asking us to pay them, which we have refused,”
Muyanja said. Patrick Kyomuhendo, another vendor says that Kalema solicited
money from them with promises of getting them space in the market, which he is
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Ismail Juuko, another vendor says what hurts them most is
their repeated arrest on trumped-up charges because of following the president’s
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Mai Nabukenya commonly known as Small, the interim
leader of the market, says that Kalema is one of the former leaders who used
their authority to sell stalls to vendors. She said that the market is a government
entity, which should not be used for selfish interests.
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Joseph Kalema explains that during the
construction works he contacted the engineers and discovered that there was no
provision for vendors of roasted chicken.
He says that KCCA directed them to the engineers they had to deal
with to provide space for the vendors, adding that he injected Shillings
192million in the project. According to Kalema, he borrowed money from Jonathan
Gita, which he used to construct the space for the vendors of roasted chicken.
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He adds that he is not ready to lose his property
to the vendors unless they compensate him his money.
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Henry Bukenya, the manager of Commercial Services
in KCCA, says that Joseph Kalema and Jonathan Gita are some of the people who
had multiple stalls in the old market. He explains that the agreement
vendors working in the old market had with the government was that each vendor would get the exact number of stalls they had prior to the reconstruction.
He says that after the completion of the construction works,
the vendors of roasted Chicken did not have space in the market since they were
not included in the plan. Bukenya claims that Kalema and Gita met with the
former commissioner of Gender Harriet Mudondo and allowed them to improve that
place by installing modern chicken stoves using their personal finances,
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On September 25, 2020, President Museveni wrote to Kampala
Minister, Betty Amongi, saying that he was fed up with the takeover of markets
and abattoirs in Kampala by people who later become leaders of the various
associations and end up exploiting members of the public.
He said the exploitation is against his directives
aimed at stopping multiple taxations.