Kihihi Food Vendors Bicker over Looming Eviction

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Council authorities on August 08 issued a notice banning the sell and preparation of all food stuffs along the streets. The notice, signed by Town Clerk Jackson Byamukama, indicates that no food vendor will be allowed to operate on the streets effective September 1, 2017.

Food vendors in Kihihi Town Council are bickering over a ban on the preparation and sell of roadside foodstuffs.  Already prepared food items were mostly sold along Amama Street, Kawere Street and Nzabandora Street where, vendors would line up every evening hoping to make sales.

Council authorities on August 08 issued a notice banning the sell and preparation of all food stuffs along the streets. The notice, signed by Town Clerk Jackson Byamukama, indicates that no food vendor will be allowed to operate on the streets effective September 1, 2017.
But the ban has generated unease among members of the business community, now accusing the town council of being inconsiderate.

Shamirah Nyiramahoro, one of the food vendors operating along Nzabandora Street is worried that the notice is going to throw many of them out of employment. She says that on a good day, she would walk away with a profit of over 20,000 Shillings to help her sustain her family. The ban, she adds, will most likely make her unable to fend for her children.

Ben Tumubweine, another concerned trader accuses the council of imposing a harsh ban on them.  Chris Ahereza, another vendor accuses the authorities of rushing to effect a ban without putting in place an alternative operating area for them.

However Byamukama says the ban was a result of unhygienic and unhealthy conditions that the food vendors were operating in. Byamukama says that the directive comes from a recent council resolution of stopping food vending activities in the area.

Byamukama adds that failure by food vendors to comply with the directive will result to arrests and prosecution.
 

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


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