The Resident City Commissioner (RCC) for Kampala, Hudu Hussein to close buildings and businesses found harbouring street vendors and hawkers.
Hussein, who was addressing journalists yesterday, said the move is one of the seven points of action by Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) to eliminate street vendors and hawkers off Kampala city streets.
Accordingly, the point of action leaves the shop owners, arcade owners, managers and business owners in the city centres with the responsibility to keep the street venders off the verandas of their buildings.
“Were now shifting the responsibility of getting the street vendors off the verandas and the streets to the landlords,to the shop owners and managers of buildings because weve noticed that a section of them connive with some street vendors to be allowed to operate on the verandas,” Hussein said.
“So if we find a shop owner or a landlord allowing street vendors on the veranda of his/her building, we shall close the building or close the shop because that is connivance,” He added.
Hussein commended KCCA and security agencies for their efforts in bringing back city trade to order but warned that the job is far from over.
Police and other security agencies including the KCCA enforcement team are doing a commendable job of keeping the vendors and the hawkers off the streets. However, these may leave the streets maybe after a year or two, he said.
Hudu also gave street pastors an ultimatum of 30 days to evacuate the city streets or face force eviction.
He said that in bid to build a nicer city , street pastors, vendors, children beggars among other disorganized groups should leave the city immediately.