Addressing journalists at the Office of the President this morning, the state minister of Kampala Benny Namugwanya said that she regretted the death of Oliver Basemera, a female hawker in Kampala on Friday last week.

35-year old Olivia Basemere, drowned in Nakivubo channel on Friday as she reportedly fled from KCCA enforcement officers.

Basemera who was a handkerchief vendor was allegedly being pursuing by the officers when she fell into the channel.

“On behalf of my ministry, central government and on my behalf, the death of Oliver Basemera is regrettable. As the ministry of Kampala and government, we regret that loss,” she said.

Adding that, “I have been informed that the circumstance surrounding that death is being investigated by police and we will allow Uganda Police to carry out the necessary investigations and do its work professionally…it is our sincere prayer that Uganda Police carries out investigations expeditiously and the report shared with the deceased’s family, government and other relevant stakeholders.”

Benny Namugwanya said that since police officers are well trained, they are better positioned to supervise the enforcement officers and advise them on how to handle difficult situations.

She added that they are waiting for the official report from police about the circumstances under which the vendor died before the government decides the next step of action.

Basemera’s death drew wide spread condemnation from city dwellers, politicians and activists. This morning, Benny Namugwanya, the Kampala State Minister offered condolences on behalf of government for Basemera’s death.