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Kikyuusa Authorities Evict Road Side Vendors After Elapse of Two Week's Ultimatum

Daniel Kawalya, the chairperson of Zibulatudde roadside market vendors told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that they didn’t devise the eviction notice but delayed moving because of the ongoing construction of latrines at the proposed new site offered by Paul Salabwa, the Kikyuusa Town Council LC 3 Chairperson.

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Kikyuusa Town Council authorities in Luweero have forcefully evicted more than 300 vendors from Zibulatudde roadside following the expiry of the two week’s ultimatum given to them to move voluntarily.  

Luweero District COVID-19 task force gave the roadside vendors the two week’s ultimatum on July 5, 2021, to vacate for failure to implement the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The task force cited the failure to maintain the recommended 2-meter social distance and wanting hygiene, which could easily trigger a spike in COVID-19 cases.  

The vendors have been spreading their merchandise along Buzzibwera, Nakasongola & Bamugolodde roads. They were expected to vacate by Monday, July 19, 2021, in vain. As a result, the concerned authorities moved in on Wednesday to evict the vendors forcefully. The enforcement officers demolished some of the stalls and carried others to the town council headquarters.


Daniel Kawalya, the chairperson of Zibulatudde roadside market vendors told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that they didn’t devise the eviction notice but delayed moving because of the ongoing construction of latrines at the proposed new site offered by Paul Salabwa, the Kikyuusa Town Council LC 3 Chairperson.  

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Paul Salabwa, the Kikyuusa Town Council LC 3 Chairperson says a section of vendors tried to politicize the matter and incite their colleagues not to move.  He says that they have offered the vendors two sites including his private land measuring 5 acres and another piece of land belonging to the Church of Uganda to host the vendors.

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The Luweero District LC V chairman Erasto Kibirango, says he last contacted the vendors last Thursday ahead of the elapse of the ultimatum. Kibirango, who also sits on the District COVID-19

the task force said the ultimatum was uncalled for.

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When contacted about the forceful action of the vendors, the Savannah Region police spokesperson, Isah Ssemwogerere, said that he had also heard about it, but was yet to get a report from the Officer in Charge (OC) Kikyuusa Police Station.

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