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Usafi Market Food Vendors Protest Arrest of their Colleagues

The vendors say that the six were arrested by police and KCCA law enforcement officers from Usafi Taxi Park where they had gone to deliver food to customers.
Usafi Market Vendors protest

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Food vendors in Usafi Market have protested against the arrest of six of their colleagues.

The vendors say that the six were arrested by police and KCCA law enforcement officers from Usafi Taxi Park where they had gone to deliver food to customers. 

The vendors say that their colleagues were arrested for selling food to taxi operators and other shopkeepers in Usafi Taxi Park. During the protest, the vendors stopped attending to customers while others were banging utensils to express their discontent. They also demand the immediate release of their colleagues.

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Shoma Nanyombi, a food vendor in Usafi says her sister Cathy Namutebi, a mother of five was arrested and yet she was a registered member of the market with identity cards. She says that Namutebi was yet to start taking food to the park when she was arrested and taken by KCCA law enforcement team.

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The food vendors wonder why KCCA constructed the market for vendors and hawkers yet when they hawk food inside the park, they are arrested. 

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The Head of Women Affairs in Usafi Market, Vera Nakimuli says that it is not the first time KCCA officials are arresting food vendors in the market. Nakimuli adds that KCCA should explain why they don’t want vendors to serve food in Usafi Park yet the park and the market support each other. 

Nakimuli says as the market leader they were supposed to meet with KCCA managers over the matter but were taken by surprise when KCCA law enforcement officers arrested the vendors.

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