KCCA vendor

Street vending, according to KCCA law, is illegal.

The vendors were found along Nakivubo road, in the Old Taxi Park, Bombo road, Market Street, Clock Tower, Namirembe road and Gaddafi road.

They were arrested selling drinks, snacks, men?s accessories like suits and belts, fruits, shopping bags, among other accessories.

Previously, there have emerged reports that KCCA law enforcement officers would soon arrest people buying from street vendors.

The proposition was met by mixed reactions, but KCCA?s boss offered justification for it.

While appearing before a parliamentary committee on presidential affairs previously, executive director Jennifer Musisi argued it is such buyers that keep the vendors on the streets.

Her comments came when she and her team were appearing before the committee to present the KCCA budget framework paper for the 2014/2015 financial year.

In a bid to restore order in the city, the Authority decided to rid Kampala streets of vendors ? a move that has for the last four years been met with direct opposition from the vendors themselves.

Amid efforts by KCCA, street vending still thrives. With one eye always on the look-out for the presence of KCCA law enforcement officers, many people are still vending on the streets.

The crackdown on vendors started in 2012, and those affected were encouraged to occupy spaces in city markets.

The offenders, under the Trading License Act, face prosecution.

Regulation of Trade Order within the capital city is one of the cardinal mandates of KCCA under the Kampala Capital City Act 2010.

In the latest operation, those caught appeared before City Hall magistrate Moses Nabende. They pleaded guilty to all charges against them and asked for pardon, some saying they had families to look after.

While some of the offenders were sentenced to two to six weeks in jail, others were ordered to pay fines ranging from sh200,000 and sh600,000 ? or serve a two-month jail term.

?Some of you have been brought before this court more than two times; this means you have no plans of following the law,? Nabende told the offenders.

He asked them not to abandon their jobs when they get out of prison but instead ensure they operate in legal places.

By Lawrence Mulondo, The New Vision

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