16 January 2012

Uganda: Kiosk Owners Cite Bribery in KCCA Evictions

As Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) continues to pull down illegal kiosks to ensure orderliness in the city, victims have cited bribery in the crackdown. Some of the evicted kiosk operators have accused KCCA law enforcement officers of targeting particular individuals who declined to offer bribes.

The city authority started pulling down the illegal kiosks in the central business district, saying they were not made of suitable material. According to the KCCA guidelines, all kiosks were supposed to be made of fibre glass or any other premium quality material preferably aluminum and should be located on selected streets and location determined by the Authority.

The kiosks were also supposed to have a garbage bin and it would be the responsibility of the kiosk owner to dispose of garbage daily. However, according to a survey done by this newspaper, there are still kiosks along restricted streets but do not meet the required KCCA standards.

"I don't know why it is only us who got evicted. We hear others paid some money and that is the reason they are still operating," Ms Jovia Nakamya, a former kiosk owner on Colville Street, said.

However, KCCA Spokesperson Peter Kaujju said the evictions were done following stipulated guidelines and the claims are baseless. He added that there are new guidelines that are to be discussed by KCCA on Wednesday.

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