By Elizabeth Kabibi
Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority, Hon. Beti Kamya has today (Thursday) appeared before the press at the Uganda Media Centre to address the subject of street vendors. Her briefing followed the increase in the numbers of people doing businesses on the streets and verandahs in the capital city.
"It has come to my notice that since the unfortunate death of a lady vendor Ms. Olivia Basemera, last week, the number of vendors on Kampala streets has increased," said Kamya.
Late Basemera 38, a resident of Mengo in Kampala and single mother of 3 was vending handkerchiefs when she was confronted by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials; she ran into Nakivubo Channel and unfortunately drowned in a despairing attempt to escape.
The acting Executive Director of KCCA, Mr. Richard Lule told the press on Saturday that four KCCA law enforcers were arrested over their involvement in Basemera's death and were detained at Jinja Road Police Station.
Today (Thursday), Hon. Kamya regretted the unfortunate death of Basemera and warned the public to observe KCCA laws and regulations because they are still effective.
"I am here today to inform the public that the laws and Regulations of the KCCA Act are still effective and should be respected. The death of our sister Basemera was so unfortunate and we regret it so deeply, but that doesn't mean there is no law anymore," Kamya cautioned.
Although Hon. Kamya admitted that the recruitment and training process of the KCCA law enforcers needs to be revised and improved, plus amending of some of the KCCA laws, she didn't ignore the fact that there is a serious need for an orderly city.
It was on this ground that Kamya called upon the media to sensitize the public about the consensus for an orderly city free from street and verandah vendors.
She also promised to organise meeting with vendors to understand their challenges, and educate them about the price of a well organized city.