PUBLISHED — 16th, June 2022

After weeks of sensitization regarding decongestion, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has started the removal of street vendors along Bombo Road in Kawempe division who had encroached on the road reserve and pedestrian walkways.

The vendors who have been dealing in various merchandise have been operating in the road causing congestion and obstructing traffic.

On Wednesday the KCCA enforcement team together with security agencies swung into action, and started clearing the place.

It was a seamless exercise as KCCA officials interacted with traders, communities and area councilors in order to make them appreciate the purpose of the exercise and the Kampala Smart City campaign.  

The community said the exercise was good, and they are happy to work in an organized city.

However, they appealed to KCCA to fast-track the provision of alternative work spaces like they have done in Owino market and other markets in the Central division.

The area councilor for Kawempe division Henry Kungu welcomed the exercise, and called for more stakeholder engagement to enable buy-in by the local business.

Wilson Bbaale the enforcement team leader for the exercise, on the other hand, said they had done extensive sensitization in advance.

He assured, locals that traders will only be allowed to operate on the cleared place during gazzetted market days with adequate guidance on areas they should not encroach on to avoid congestion on the roads.

“This exercise is a long one and there are certain processes we cannot yet go into due to the issues raised.” Bbaale said.

Regarding taxi operators loading on the roadside, Bbale said there is a business man called Colonel Bogere, who has embarked on the construction of a taxi park to house the taxi owners and drivers, and he has requested for partnership from KCCA to ensure decongestion of the roads.

He also said the bodaboda riders was another issue they needed to handle, but were awaiting the passing of ordnances to empower them to act.



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