Everest Kayondo, the Chairman of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) says that the current set up within the central business district does not allow a smooth flow of business, and asked the city authorities to “drop the politics, and restore sanity in the city.
traders have called for the restoration of trade order in the capital, which is
currently messed up with a pool of roadside vendors. They are also concerned about
the jumbled parking of public taxis and motorcycles in ungazetted parking spaces,
and poor garbage disposal.
Everest Kayondo, the Chairman of
Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) says that the current set up within
the central business district does not allow a smooth flow of business, and
asked the city authorities to “drop the politics, and restore sanity in the
that the increasing number of vendors on the streets is a time bomb at a time
when the government is struggling to contain coronavirus disease, yet, just a
few traders follow guidelines set by the Ministry of Health to control the spread
of the deadly infection. The guidelines require that persons keep a safe
distance of at least two meters from each other, wear face masks and maintain handwashing stations as a precautionary measure.
is characterized by poor road and drainage networks, the absence of proper
zoning of economic activities and a combination of temporary structures and
kiosks erected in every corner of the city. The pavements are covered in
merchandise ranging from clothes, shoes, groceries, soft drinks, food, fruits,
and herbal medicine, amongst others, while in the mix touts are calling out
passengers in a chorus.
Kayondo, a solution to this mess is urgently needed, citing a time when Jennifer
Musisi was still in Charge of the city, and the order that came with her touch.
//Cue in; “the whole city is in mess…
them lose votes.”//
Allan Katumba, a trader
dealing in bicycles, business sanity can only be restored if the existing city bylaws
are enforced. He says the council should ensure that roads reserved for non-motorized
transport is used as such. He challenges the new council, dominated by members
of the National Unity Platform to put this high on their agenda, as they enter
City Hall in May.
Cue out...Obudde tufirwa bungi.”//
Martin Ssali, a dealer in motor spare parts, says that the licensing regime needs to be reviewed in order to encourage more traders to acquire shops
in the arcades as opposed to street vending. Ssali who operates in a 4-square
meter space at the energy centre says the licenses are too many for his small
//Cue in; “Licenses bazikendeze ko…
Cue out...ebyo bitutamye.”//
Daniel Muhumuza NuweAbine says that the authority is already making arrangements to gazette places that will be affordable for
the vendors to occupy after they are evicted from the streets.