As hundreds of thousands of vendors across Kampala plan to stock wares for selling ahead of the Christmas and end of year season, they are being warned they will not be allowed to lay their wares on the street.
The warning came from the Minister of Kampala Beti Kamya in her pre-festive season address to the residents and traders of Kampala.
Kamya said: “We would like to reiterate our advice and directive that street vending is illegal and that persons who engage in this shall be arrested, their wares impounded and subjected to prosecution.
“I do hereby direct Kampala Capital City Authority and the Uganda Police Force (Kampala Metropolitan Police) to clamp down on this illegal activity and bring the offenders to book.”
On noise pollution, asked religious leaders to minimize the noise levels in the communities where their religious institutions are located.
“There shall be a lot of religious activities and merry-making going on during this period. We would like to implore all the religious leaders that even as they lead the flock through prayers, they should be mindful of the need to minimize the noise levels in the communities that their religious institutions are located,”
For the outdoor prayers and overnight prayers, Kamya urged organizers of outdoor events to follow the duly laid out protocols of seeking permission from NEMA, KCCA (or relevant local government) and the Uganda Police Force and to comply with the conditions laid out in their directives or permits.
“For the case of entertainment centres like bars, hotels and other hospitality centres, we would like to advise the owners that any form of noise pollution that shall be in contravention of the legal limits shall not be tolerated. The KCCA and National Environment Management Authority are advised to enforce the law effectively in case of breach.”
Curbing traffic Jam
Kamya has also issued stern warning against motorists who will be found to have wrongly parked. “This will not be accepted and we do implore all taxi operators to utilise the existing taxi parks and gazetted stages,”
The Traffic and Road Safety Act should be followed to create orderliness on roads and I urge the motorists to be disciplined while using these roads in order to reduce accidents and traffic jam. Motorists should be respectful to other road users and comply with lawful instructions from Traffic Officers.
On security, Kamya assured Kampalans that of increased presence of security personnel.
“The Kampala Metropolitan Commander has assured me of intensified foot and motorised patrols to deter burglaries, mugging, drug abuse, thefts and other crimes associated with festive season.”