Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has come under fire after a video clip showing their officers brutally arresting a woman and her two kids in down town Kampala went viral on social media.
The woman was found vending her merchandise on one of the streets in the city a few days after minister in charge of Kampala Beti Kamya issued a directive ordering all vendors off the streets.
KCCA now say an investigation has been launched after this clip showing KCCA enforcement officers brutally arresting a street vendor and her two children surfaced online.
The 1:16-long clip shows KCCA and Uganda Police officers manhandling the woman, briefly dragging her on tarmac before dumping her on a waiting van and driving off.
Last month Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante and his Makindye West counterpart Allan Ssewanyana condemned as ruthless the eviction of city street vendors, and asked KCCA to reverse the order within four days.
A few days after, a team of KCCA law enforcers backed by police embarked on the eviction of street vendors. The evictions came a day after the KCCA political wing led by City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago passed a resolution allowing the street vendors to operate between 5pm to 10pm on selected city streets, including Allen Road, Kafumbe-Mukasa Road, Nakivubo Mews, and Mackay Road, all in downtown Kampala.
The KCCA political wing was compelled to pass the resolution to calm the tension between street vendors and city traders under their umbrella body, Kampala City Trader’s Association (Kacita).
The eviction of the vendors that came despite the city council resolution has drawn angry reactions from a section of the public.