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Katabi Town Council Evicts Roadside Traders :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Katabi Town Council Evicts Roadside Traders

The Town Clerk Geoffrey Muganga says that the operation which was spearheaded by the public health department was aimed at cleaning the area and also safeguarding public health.

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Katabi Town Council authorities on Wednesday evicted traders along the Kampala-Entebbe Road. The traders were operating in Mpala, Nkumba, and Abayita-ababiri.     

The Town Clerk Geoffrey Muganga says that the operation which was spearheaded by the public health department was aimed at cleaning the area and also safeguarding public health.  

Muganga explained that dirt and garbage along the roads had reached intolerable levels despite several discussions with the concerned vendors. 

According to Muganga, were leaving garbage they generated where they worked while others, were serving customers in unhygienic places, putting lives at risk. 

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But some of the vendors criticized the operation saying that it has nothing to do with cleanliness,

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Aisha Namusoke accused the Town Council authorities of being inconsiderate to the poor who have families to feed, children to educate, and also pay for housing. Vendors operating roadside kiosks said it was disappointing that they had just paid license fees and had their kiosks destroyed and taken without giving them chance to safely remove their merchandise.

But Muganga said, the council had been considerate for some time but the vendors had abused the leniency.

According to the Town council guidelines, the roadside vendors had to operate from 4:00 pm but the vendors had become full-time operators in violation of the arrangement. 

But the vendors argue that opening up late hours would be forcing them to operate into late hours yet the night is not safe, with so many criminals in the area. 

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