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Vendors React to Musisi's Resignation

On Monday, Musisi tendered in her resignation as KCCA ED, saying she will leave office in December this year. She cited several reasons for her decision, one of them being the lack of political will.
16 Oct 2018 20:34

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The tenure of Jennifer Musisi, the outgoing Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA was characterised by a love hate relationship with city street vendors. Shortly after taking over office as KCCA ED in 2011, Musisi embarked on a huge task to create order in the city.

Her first victims were street vendors who had colonized most of the city roads and turned Kampala in one huge market. However, Musisi wouldn't have any of this she ordered the street vendors to leave the streets and occupy the available spaces in several city markets.

She also lobbied government to provide funding for the procurement of Usafi market to accommodate the street vendors. Those who declined to leave the streets faced the wrath of the nonsense KCCA law enforcement officers who would impound their merchandise and prosecute them at city hall. 

On Monday, Musisi tendered in her resignation as KCCA ED, saying she will leave office in December this year. She cited several reasons for her decision, one of them being the lack of political support.

URN spoke to some city vendors to get their view on Musisi's tenure. Some of the vendors said they were handled in a disrespectful manner when Musisi ordered them off the streets. 

They say KCCA officers often took their merchandise and asked for money to pardon them and return their merchandise. Agnes Abel, a vendor of oranges says she once was arrested and imprisoned for three months for hawking oranges around town. 

She is one of those celebrating Musisi's exit from the Authority and hopes her replacement will handle them in a respectful manner. Some of the vendors said they can't celebrate Musisi's exit because she was only fulfilling the duties she was assigned.

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