City arcades risk closure over veranda vendors

Once vendors are found outside any building or in front of any shop, Mr Hussein said, that building risks being closed.

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In pursuit of keeping street vendors out of Kampala city, government has decided to pass on the mantle to building owners (landlords), managers and business owners.

According to Mr Hudu Hussein the Residence City Commissioner,
“Shop owners, arcade owners as well as managers and business owners shall be left with the responsibility to keep street vendors off of the verandas of their buildings.”

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He said although Police and other sister security agencies including KCCA enforcement teams have been doing a commendable job of keeping them off the streets, they may disappear after a year or two.

“We are now shifting the responsibility of getting street vendors off the verandas and streets to landlords, shop owners and managers of buildings because we have noticed that a section of them connive with some vendors to be allowed to operate on verandas.”

Once vendors are found outside any building or in front of any shop, Mr Hussein said, that building risks being closed.

It should be remembered that the RCC announced last December that street vendors were not to be allowed in downtown Kampala.

For some time now, following a directive which reportedly came from President Museveni and meant to “make Kampala a much more habitable, secure and admirable city”; joint military and police operations have been going on to sweep vendors off the streets.
“I want to thank the hawkers and street venders for cooperating to leave the streets,” the RCC said before adding; “We all agree that Kampala looks better without street vending. This is the vision of His Excellency the President.”

Hussein advised the affected vendors to seek out the vacant stalls currently available at Usafi market.

Hussein also revealed that city tycoon Haruna Ssegawa of Haruna Towers had reached out to him with an offer of up to 300 stalls available in his two markets located in Kisenyi and Mengo.

He said these would be available for free for the next six months.

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