The minister for Kampala Betty Kamya says the recent death of the street vendor should not be used as an excuse by hawkers and vendors to return to the streets.

 

Kamya says she is saddened by the loss of life and the authority is grieving with the deceased’s family but insists that the KCCA enforcement officers did not cause her death since no one pushed her into the channel.

 

The Minister condemned the brutality of Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement team.

 

The 35 year- old woman drowned last week as she fled from law enforcement officers who were pursuing her, drawing fierce criticism from rights activists.

 

Addressing journalists at the Media Center today, Kamya said she had received complaints from the shop owners about the influx of street vendors following the death of their colleague.

 

Earlier today KCCA announced the withdrawal of all its enforcement officers from the field saying many had received threats on their lives.

Basemera’s death drew angry reactions from the KCCA political wing, women activists and the general public. This morning, Kamya condemned the brutality by the KCCA law enforcement officers.

She also noted that there is need to improve the recruitment, training and discipline of Kamapala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers.

“Training is important but also the law needs to be looked at. The law says when you arrest a vendor you need exhibit, I think that is why they (law enforcers) run after vendors,” she said.

Kamya however, noted that government will not give a leeway to street vending, saying government has created alternatives for the street vendors.