Friday, July 19, 2019
KCCA Brutality On City Vendors Resume

Scenes of brutal arrest, beatings and manhandling street vendors has re-emerged about three months after the Kampala Minister, Beti Olive Kamya suspended at least seven Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement officers for rights violation.    

Early this week, Salt Radio saw KCCA enforcement officers picking merchandise from vendors including fruits and vegetable and throwing it to their truck.

 Most of the merchandise ended up damaged because of the way it was dumped and mixed on the truck.

In Old Kampala, the law enforcement officers were seen breaking a wooden wheelbarrow used by a vendor to carry cane before they loaded his cane on their truck.

One of the officers was scene chewing on the peeled cane they had just confiscated from the vendor.   

Julius Aine (not real name) is one of the vendors who have tested the brutality of the KCCA enforcement officers. Aine narrates how weeks back he lost two of his wooden wheelbarrows. 

According to Aine, he had three wheelbarrows, two of them operated by his employees. Currently, he has a single wheelbarrow, which he operates with his employee. 

He remembers how the law enforcement team carried his wheelbarrows onto their truck when they found him selling cane at the new taxi park. 

Another vendor dealing in watermelon says the KCCA enforcement team brutally handles vendors and destroys their merchandise. He said some pick the merchandise and sell it off. 

The KCCA Spokesperson, Peter Kaujju told Salt Radio that an enforcement officer is not allowed to destroy merchandise nor own it.

image credit: capital radio

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