Vendors Plays Hide and Seek as they Crawl Back to the Streets

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Several vendors now use the hide and seek vending style along Kampala road. Some will be seen wrapping their merchandise at the sight of law enforcement personnel from Kampala City Council Authority who have since been patrolling streets.

 Barely six months, after they were forcefully evicted from the streets in Kampala city, have vendors in a sign of defiance crawled back to the streets.

In September last year KCCA forcefully evicted several vendors from the streets within city centre.

Several vendors now use the hide and seek vending style along Kampala road. Some will be seen wrapping their merchandise at the sight of law enforcement personnel from Kampala City Council Authority who have since been patrolling streets.

Being dealers in small merchandise, text books and pamphlets, most vendors now uses card boxes and manila cards where they write on advertising and directing their clients to go for their products.

“Am selling text books and pamphlets… Mini prices, come to me”, some of the writing on the manila cards state. The cards are displayed on strategic areas especially near banks, and photocopying areas targeting their potential clients.

Some have rented space in buildings and a few who can’t afford the rental fees are still lingering around the streets.

Kaketo Fabian, a dealer in text books and other merchandise said he can’t afford to  rent a house or a small store along the street. He said he is trying to save his businesses from collapsing.

Kaketo said he has failed to service a three million shilling loan which he got from Stanbic bank.

Mulindwa Joseph, a dealer in small electrical appliances said he has sent his wife and three children back to the village because he found it difficult to sustain his family after he was evicted from the streets. He says he has stayed behind if only it can help him raise money to service a 4.5 million shilling loan in Centenary bank.

On Monday KCCA acting director in charge physical director, Joseph Ssemambo,  said they will soon employ another method of monitoring the vendors and ensure they don’t come crawl back to the streets.

Ssemambo however says that the KCCA supervisors will be summoned to explain why some vendors are crawling back to the streets.

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