Wamala says that he had just cleared rent of Shillings 500,000 when he was asked to remove his merchandise and the stall taken away. Seated on the verandah where he used to work, Wamala wore a confused face, saying he was uncertain how he would fend for his family now that his job is no more.
More than 100
vendors in Kikuubo business center in Kampala central business district are
stuck following their eviction of their stalls by Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA to reduce crowding. KCCA has evicted all metallic and
wooden stalls that had been erected on the verandas of shops in Kikuubo leaving
vendors wondering how to survive.
Fredrick Wamala, who sells curry powder, says that KCCA law enforcement teams stormed
the area without warning and asked them to remove their merchandise immediately
or risk losing it. Many fumbled to take away their merchandise as the
enforcement team brought down stalls and loaded the material on their trucks.
says that he had just cleared rent of Shillings 500,000 when he was asked to
remove his merchandise and the stall taken away. Seated on the verandah where he used to work, Wamala wore a
confused face, saying he was uncertain how he would fend for his family now
that his job is no more.
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Winnie Nalukuuma, another vendor who deals in sanitary ware and toiletries,
says that they didn’t receive any warning from KCCA to prepare their exit. She expressed
dismay that they have been chased from their working space and left on the
Nalukuuma says rather than eliminate them; KCCA should have enforced
the standard operating procedures like social distancing and washing of hands. Speaking with a shaky voice, Nalukuuma blamed the government for lack of a
clear strategy to deal with COVID- 19.
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Sam Muyomba, the spokesperson of Kikuubo traders, says that they were equally
taken by surprise when KCCA started bringing down stalls. Last week, Kampala
Resident City Commissioner, Hudu Hussein held a meeting with the leadership of
Kampala City Traders Association KACITA when they launched a sensitization
campaign against COVID-19 among traders.
During the meeting, Hussein warned of the crowds in Kikuubo, saying the center
would be closed if they failed to control crowds. KACITA held sensitization
campaigns using sound systems and asked business people in Kikuubo to be
vigilant and observe standard operating procedures set by government to control
the spread of COVID-19.
The vendors enhanced vigilance by ensuring that everyone accessing the business
center washed their hands and has their masks on. The numbers however, seemed
uncontrollable as hundreds of people keep entering Kikuubo for shopping. Muyomba
says that they do not know at what point KCCA and the RCC decided to evict
stalls in Kikuubo. He hoped that KCCA would ask vendors to maintain social
distance and de-congest the roadway in Kikuubo.
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Both KCCA and the RCC's Office were not available for a comment. Hudu didn't
pick while the KCCA Spokesperson, Daniel NuweAbine said he was in a meeting and
couldn't talk to our reporter. He also did not respond to text messages to his cellphone.