The Minister for Kampala Beti Olive Kamya has ordered vendors to leave Kampala streets with immediate effect.
The minister says the authority is reacting after a public outcry over the influx of street vendors following the death of their colleague last week.
Last week, Olivia Basemera 35, was chased to her death by KCCA enforcement officers, fellow vendors took advantage of the public outcry to spread all over the streets once again. The late Basemera jumped and drowned in Nakivubo channel as she fled from the Authority enforcers.
Minister Beti Kamya says fate played a bigger role in Olivia Basemera’s drowning and death than the actions of KCCA enforcement officers.
‘ ‘ Basemera’s incident was Unfortunate, but maybe it was her destiny, no one needed to cause her death, I watched it on TV’’ Kamya said.
Addressing the press at the Media centre in Kampala, Kamya said that while the incident was regrettable, it doesn’t take away the fact that vendors are still not welcome on city streets.
She said the laws and regulations of street vendors are still at play and that anyone that breaks them will be penalized.
“We are very sorry for such a tragedy to happen to a young woman, but Kampala Capital City Authority work must continue. I have been informed that vendors are back on the streets since the incident happened. This shouldn’t be a reason to break the law.”
Minister Kamya noted that she is planning to hold a meeting with street vendors next week, to streamlet their work in the city.
On the issue of compensation to the late Basemera’s family, Hon Betty Kamya says there are governing laws, the minister has no power over that.
On Wednesday, Kampala Capital City Authority meeting chaired Lord Mayor announced plans to educate, the Late Basemera’s three children till they finish University.