Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has embarked on the demolition of kiosks in various city suburbs in a bit to improve sanitation. On Monday, a team of KCCA law enforcement officers demolished kiosks and impounded merchandise in Ntinda, Kisaazi trading center in Nakawa and Ki-cement. When, Uganda Radio Network, reached Ntinda area, over 100 KCCA law enforcement officers, armed with hammers, were busy demolishing kiosks, confiscating goods and loading the confiscated property on KCCA waiting trucks.
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Our reporter counted five KCCA trucks and four double cabin pickups loaded with impounded merchandise heading to city hall. Some of the goods included tomato boxes, sauce pans, serving tables, and foodstuffs such as potatoes, and cassava. Mubaala Balamu, the KCCA health inspector says that the demolition exercise is aimed at improving sanitation in the city. He explains that some of the kiosks and businesses operating on the road reserves are the causes of poor hygiene in the city. ChristopherKamya, one of the affected vendors who has been operating opposite Ntinda-Bukoto stage says that, he was only given three minutes to vacate the area. Kamya has been dealing in airtime, mobile money and sim card registration.
Kamya started his business a week ago, after paying 1.8 million shillings for six months rent. Sarah Musoke, a food vendor says that she had prepared food to serve her customers at lunch when the KCCA team raided her kiosk and pulled it down. Our reporter found Musoke collecting what had remained of her business. Peter Kaujju, the KCCA public relations officer says that all stalls erected in the city are operating illegally because there are no guidelines regulating the operation of Kiosks. He says that the impounded merchandise will be handed over to court as exhibits.