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Scores arrested as street vendors battle KCCA officials

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Police arrests vendors [KFM photo]

There was chaos in down-town on Tuesday morning as Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] enforcement officers clashed with street vendors.

Business came to a standstill after street vendors who have been operating in the Old Taxi Park refused to be evicted by KCCA enforcement officers.

Police moved in and arrested over 30 people suspected to have engineered the fracas.

Meanwhile, the Minister in charge of Kampala Beti Kamya has asked the KCCA council chaired by City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to quickly comply to her directives.

Kamya was referring to her directive to KCCA to evict all vendors from Kampala streets.

“I have already made a directive, the council doesn’t discuss the minister’s directive, they simply have to comply,” Minister Kamya said on Monday morning while appearing on NBS television.

As the televised interview was going on, KCCA enforcement officers and police were busy evicting the vendors from the streets.

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Police gathers vendors after a fracas with KCCA officials [KFM photo]

The streets which have been accommodating vendors and were by Monday after clear include Namirembe road, Nakivubo Mews, Luwum Street, among others.

At the same time, KCCA council chaired by Lukwago also resolved to gazette particular streets on which vendors can be left to operate.

Further, the council resolved to introduce license fees for all the vendors who will register with KCCA to operate their businesses.

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