The ordinance further proposes that all traders be given uniforms and specific colors, according to the division they operate from. Vendors in Central division will wear a green uniform, Nakawa blue, Lubaga Orange, Kawempe Red and Makindye division Yellow.
Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has met
street vendors and hawkers to collect their views on the street vending ordinance. The KCCA Commercial Manager, Henry Bukenya
presented the ordinance to the vendors at the meeting held at City Hall under
the leadership of City Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.
The objective of the
ordinance is to provide a clear and comprehensive license and regulatory regime
for persons who wish to engage in street trade. It also seeks to provide for
overall management of street trade in the city by KCCA.
The draft ordinance proposes that hawkers and street vendor
be licensed according to their areas of operation. It categorizes places
of operations into grade A and grade B. Bukenya explained that Grade A areas
shall comprise of very busy areas like the city Center while Grade B less busy
According to the ordinance, Grade A street
vendors and hawkers will be required to pay annual license fees of Shillings 210,000
and Shillings 112,500 respectively. Grade B street vendors and hawkers will pay
Shillings 78750 and Shillings 60,000 annually.
The ordinance also sets Shillings 236,250 and Shillings 498,750
for whole sell vendors operating in Grade B and Grade A areas. Bukenya
explained that street wholesalers include those that sell goods on pick-up
vehicles like plastics, food and cloths.
However, the vendors noted that the fees are too high. They
instead suggested that vendors and hawkers in grade A pay Shillings 60.000 and Shillings
40.000 respectively. As of the whole sell vendors, they suggested a
maximum of Shillings 300,000.
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The ordinance further proposes that all traders be given
uniforms and specific colors, according to the division they operate from. Vendors in Central division will wear a green uniform, Nakawa
blue, Lubaga Orange, Kawempe Red and Makindye division Yellow.
Hawkers from all
divisions would wear a black overall that will available at KCCA offices at
Shillings 50,000. The traders didn’t oppose the colors of the
uniform except for a hawker who said black wouldn’t be favorable for them since
they keep walking under the sun.
The Lord Mayor, Elias Lukwago promised that council
would consider his concern. The traders told KCCA that the fees for the
uniforms were so high and instead suggested between Shillings 10,000 and 25000.
Lukwago promised to table the matter before
council, saying the fees wouldn’t go beyond Shillings 25,000.
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Among the provisions of the ordinance is a section that gives
KCCA the right to deny a license to a trader without giving reasons. The
traders asked KCCA to revise this provision such that KCCA offers an
explanation to traders if they decide to deny them a license.
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Lukwago said the ordinance is a big step towards organizing
He says that once passed, KCCA shall license
traders no matter their numbers as government finds other solutions to work
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There has been resistance from traders
operating shops around Kampala since KCCA embarked on processing the ordinance
this year. The traders argue that street vending affects their businesses
because they sell the same products cheaply.
However, in his response Lukwago notes that apart
from street vendors being customers to the traders in shops, they also have
limited capital which still gives the shop keepers an advantage. He asked the traders to embrace competition and
work together with the street vendors and hawkers.
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KCCA shall continue consulting hawkers and vendors in their
respective divisions before the matter is cause listed for August.
ordinance is currently before the Attorney General for legal advice. It shall
be discussed by council for approval once it is okayed by the Attorney General.