Parkyard Vendors Vow to Resist Eviction

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In short
Last year Betti Kamya, the Minister for Kampala issued a trade order evicting all vendors from Kampala streets, the Board of Trustees for Nakivubo war Memorial stadium now want the same action to be extended to Parkyard vendors

Vendors at the Parkyard in Nakivubo, Kampala have vowed to resist eviction stating that they cannot vacate a place they have worked in for 30 years.
The vendors state that they will pitch camp in markets in-case the government tries to evict them.

The reaction by the vendors follow a letter addressed by the the Minister for Kampala,Beti Kamya to the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority Jennifer Musisi on 10th February seeking for a brief on the status of Park yard Market and Nakivubo war memorial stadium.
"I have received a letter from the board of trustees of Nakivubo war memorial stadium asking me to extend my instructions for vendors to vacate illegal stations which I issued to Parkyard vendors, in order to give way to their own development plans," the letter reads.
Kamya says the conflict between the vendors and the board of Nakivubo ended in a court when it ruled in favor of the board of trustees.

Now the vendors say they will not accept to vacate the place where most of them have known their entire life.

The General secretary of the Parkyard vendors, Muhammad Musisi said they have suffered losses in terms of fire in the markets but the move to eject them shows that the government does not care.He says the government should give them the opportunity to develop the place.

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Mbadi Sempala says they are the actual occupants of the area and bringing in an investor is depriving them their rights as citizens.He said they will wait for the decision by the government, but they will need an explanation why it came up after 30 years to evict them.

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Joseph Ssali says since an investor might go for a loan to develop the place, they should also be given the opportunity to get a loan and develop the place.He says legally they are the rightful owners of the place.

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Rashid Nadduli states that they will camp at the market if Government is to evict them.He says Government has not worked out any plan for them but is insisting on evicting them before even hearing from them.

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Another vendor says the government should come up with a policy that incorporates ordinary persons, he says that as it stands, Government only cares about investors.

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The KCCA council on Wednesday resolved to stay the eviction of the vendors pending  a committee assessment.The council chaired by the deputy mayor for Kampala also resolved to have Musisi's response before the council before it can be sent to the Minister. 

Last year Betti Kamya issued a trade order directing all street vendors to vacate.


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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.