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Return of street vendors gives Musisi credit

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Return of street vendors gives Musisi credit

KCCA boss Jennifer Musisi

KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi

If it wasn’t for street vendors taking back the city to its former shambles, up to now, we would still be shouting at her for failing to live up to her promises of developing our city. We would still be blaming her for putting people out of jobs. But the return of vendors on our city streets has clearly shown that Musisi’s idea for chasing street vendors was actually the way to go.

I was one of those people who were against the removal of vendors from our streets but I have come to realize the error of my thoughts.

For the last 3 weeks, I have come to find the city distasteful. Worse than before, vendors are everywhere, on the pavements and worse in the middle of the roads. As you try to maneuver your way through them, you find yourself close to being knocked by a taxi or a bodaboda. Making things worse, thugs are on your trail wherever you are trying to earn a living from your pockets.

These last three weeks have made me realize that our city is better off without vendors. While I still feel for them, I now believe that they don’t belong on the streets. For that I applaud Musisi for her efforts on improving our city. Otherwise, without this incidence, I would still look at Musisi as a bad woman.

It’s now a comfort that everyone including the government are singing Musisi’s praises that recognize her efforts at keeping Kampala clean. Otherwise, had we not witnessed the city in its current state,  her efforts would never have been noticed.

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