City Traders Applaud Vendors' Eviction

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Kampala city traders are excited about the ongoing eviction of the street vendors from the city center that started on Monday morning.

Kampala city traders are excited about the ongoing eviction of the street vendors from the city center that started on Monday morning.

Rose Ssentongo, a dealer in second hand clothes at Owino market says the presence of the street vendors had made it very difficult for them to make profits from their businesses.

She says the eviction came at the right time when school term has just opened and they expect a rise in their sales.
Ssentongo argues that street vendors were causing unfair competition as most customers prefer to shop from the streets.

Peter Lubwama, the spokesperson for Kisekka Market vendors commends Kampala Capital City Authority - KCCA for the exercise he described as successful. He said the move would not only clean the city of the unnecessary crowding of the streets but provides healthy business competition.

Lubwama however warned KCCA against using excessive force during the exercise.

Everest Kayongo, the chairperson Kampala City Traders’ Association - KACITA describes the exercise as a success.
He is happy that the vendors have finally evacuated the streets. Kayongo said they have been battling with these vendors since 2000 when the traders’ association was established.

He said it is unfortunate some politicians have politicized the matter. Kayongo appeals to the affected vendors to take up the free spaces he maintains are in the 69 markets across the city.

Shuwed Musa, one of the affected vendors dealing in shoes and belts along Wilson Street is stranded. He claims he had just borrowed 3.5 million shilling from FINCA Uganda to boost his business and now has nowhere to go. He fears he may lose his merchandise and other household properties to FINCA incase he fails to repay the loan as scheduled.

Shuwed is contemplating whether to start hawking. He contends that although the eviction of street vendors was necessary, it was conducted at a very wrong time when they expected improvement on their sales as children go back to school.
George Agaba, the KCCA deputy director in charge of physical planning said the exercise would continue until the city streets are free of vendors.