The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Minister for Kampala Minister Beti Kamya to compile the names of the vendors evicted from the Park Yard market and present the list before Parliament next week.
The directive follows Kamya’s statement in Parliament explaining the eviction on Monday. MPs also heard that the vendors were evicted before the 30 days ultimatum they had been given.
The Police backed by other security agencies and the stick-wielding men sealed of Parkyard market in Kampala as the area was fenced off and a demolition exercise began.
The exercise began several weeks shy of a ultimatum by Kampala Minister, Beti Kamya for the hundreds of vendors to leave the land belonging to Nakivubo war memorial stadium.
WhilenSpeaking to Parliament, Kampala Minister Hon. Beti Kamya asked Members of Parliament to rise above party politics and support the development of Nakivubo Stadium into a modern sports facility.
The Minister said that Monday’s action brought to an end a 20 year protracted struggle to evict vendors at the Park Yard which belongs to the Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium.
“I am proud that we have successfully brought to the end a twenty year old dispute and relocated over 5,000 people in a few days, without a gun shot, tear gas, serious injury or mayhem,” she said, adding that “It is a resounding success.”
The Minister explained that KCCA worked with the leadership of the Vendors Association to discuss and agree on the eviction and that negotiations and discussions had been ongoing for a long time.
On Tuesday 28th February, Parliament Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, demanded that government makes a Statement about the eviction of the Market vendors.
Minister Kamya said that for as long as she is Minister for KCCA, she would take keen interest in the quality of development of the city.
“I am very glad that Park Yard Market, which was an eyesore in the middle of a capital city, has finally been brought down and that Nakivubo can now be developed into an ultra-modern facility, which Ugandans need and deserve,” she said.
Some MPs were however unhappy that the eviction was done before the expiry of the deadline given to the traders in the eviction notice. They also expressed concern that the entire eviction exercise was undertaken without the involvement of area legislators and the Kampala Lord Mayor.
Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi (DP, Butambala) said that Parliament needed to interest itself in knowing who Hamis Kiggundu, the Nakivubo Park yard developer, was considering that he was buying prime pieces of land in the city, and seemed to be protected by Government.
Hon. Pentagon Kamusiime (NRM, Butemba) said that the Ministry should have worked with both the Mayor and Kampala MPs to handle the issue well to avoid negative publicity to government.
Kamya said that currently the Park Yard and the new locations, where 2,200 have settled, are calm and that there is no serious security or economic threat arising out of the relocation of the market.
Speaker Kadaga said that the eviction of vendors was an indictment on everyone in Parliament for having failed to find solutions for problems affecting the people.
“This is an indictment on all of us; the poor are being pushed and shoved around without any solution,” she said adding that “It is only us who can speak for those people. We cannot continue treating people like they are not Ugandans.”
The Speaker demanded that the Minister, next week, presents a list showing the Park Yard Market vendors and where they have been relocated to.
However, the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has warned Betty Kamya not to dare hand over the list of the recently evicted park yard vendors unless it is generated from KCCA.
Speaking during an ongoing council meeting at city hall, Lukwago said that when Kamya appeared before Parliament yesterday, she was directed to forward all the names of vendors who were operating from park yard market before it was razed down.
He says that the minister has been giving a different figure of 5000 vendors claiming they were all relocated arguing that the number of vendors known by KCCA is 15,000.
He has maintained that the list that Kamya must present before Parliament should come from KCCA which has authority over the city