Police Blocks Vendors From Acessing KCCA Premises

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Police has tightened security around the Kampala Capital City Authority headquarters to block angry street vendors from accessing the premises.

Police has tightened security around the Kampala Capital City Authority headquarters to block angry street vendors from accessing the premises. This morning, hundreds of vendors stormed the KCCA premises for a meeting with the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to protest their eviction from the city streets.

 
They were however, greeted by heavily armed anti riot police force that blocked them from accessing the KCCA premises along Sir Apollo Kagwa road. Lawrence Niwabine, Kampala Metropolitan Police Traffic Police chief ordered the vendors to disperse. Police forcefully pushed the vendors to Kimathi Avenue.

 
They later regrouped at Colville Street where they found the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago regrouped and pushed his car while proceeding towards KCCA premises. However, they were blocked by police that sealed off the road and ordered Lukwago to access the KCCA premises.
 
  A bitter exchange of words ensured between Lukwago and Nuwabine with the mayor accusing police of acting arbitrarily. Lukwago unsuccessfully pleaded with Niwabine to allow the vendors access the KCCA premises. Some of the vendors started picking up stones to hurl them at the cops forcing police to use force to disperse them.


As a result of the tension between the vendors and police some of the businesses operating around KCCA building started closing their premises fearing clashes between the cops and vendors.  A vendor who spoke to URN says that they stormed KCCA building to hold a meeting with Lukwago over their eviction.


It is not clear, whether Lukwago will reschedule his meeting with the vendors later in the day. Lukwago has not yet commented on the matter.