Evicted Vendors Return to Streets

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In short
Charles Lwanga sells wrist watches, belts and sun glasses in the old taxi park. According to Lwanga, he has been operating as a vendor in the old taxi park for last five years, saying they cant seat back because of the evictions yet they have to fend for their families.

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA law enforcement officers were today engaged in hide and seek games with street vendors in the new and old taxi park. 



Despite the massive eviction of street vendors from the taxi park last week, most of the vendors returned to the very spots this morning to conduct their business as usual.



Our reporter saw a number of vendors operating in front of standard supermarket in the old taxi park despite the destruction of their stalls last week. Some of the vendors told URN that they are operating while on the lookout for the law enforcement officers.

 
Our reporter also several vendors selling a variety of stuff such as
groundnuts, popcorn, water, sodas and scholastic materials in front of Paaka Enkadde mall in Old Taxi Park. 



Charles Lwanga sells wrist watches, belts and sun glasses in the old taxi park. According to Lwanga, he has been operating as a vendor in the old taxi park for last five years, saying they can't seat back because of the evictions yet they have to fend for their families.
 
 
Lwanga says they can't afford Usafi and Wandegeya markets where government is sending them to.

 
//Cue in: "Naye kati omutembeyi…

Cue out:…  tukozesa sente katono"//
 

 
URN also talked to a vendor selling beverages who was found running from KCCA enforcement officers along with five others around Pioneer mall. According to the vendor, despite the fact that he was arrested and fined, he can't stop coming to the streets since he has nowhere to go.
 

//Cue in: "Era obwedda batugoba...

Cue out:...mazewo emyaka ena"//


Robert Mwesige, another vendor says although Government wants them to go to Usafi and Wandegeya markets, there are no customers.
 

//Cue in: Luganda "Council etugobaganya mu...

Cue out: ...tulina amanyi amatonotono"//


Government through the ministry of Kampala issued a trade order directing all the vendors to vacate the streets and relocate to Usafi and Wandegeya markets. However, the KCCA political wing led by Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago passed a resolution allowing the vendors to operate on selected streets from 5: 00pm to 10:00pm daily. 

 

About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.