Hawkers in Kampala City Centre have been advised by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to remove any kiosks, containers, and illegal advertisement structures from road reserves.
KCCA issued a statement on January, 19 2023, giving hawkers an ultimatum of 14 days to voluntarily remove their temporary structures like outdoor advertisements, kiosks, containers that have been placed along major roads in Kampala as they cause congestion, traffic jam, among other hazards in the City.
According to the authority, the affected roads are Old Masaka Road, Wankulukuku, Wakaliga, Balintuma, Busabala, Entebbe Road (between Kibuye roundabout and Stella stage), Hoima Road especially around Kasubi market and Masanafu to Northern Bypass.
KCCA asked hawkers to follow the directives as issued by the authority and act accordingly before strict measures are taken to have them removed forcefully without further notice.
“This is therefore to inform owners of such illegal outdoor advertisement structures, kiosks and containers erected/placed in road reserves, building or frontages and public spaces, along all major roads in the city to cooperate with the authority,” the statement read in part.
KCCA cautioned hawkers against defying the KCCA Act 2013, the Roads Act 2019, and Section 2A and 57 (c) of the Physical Planning Act, 2020 which state that the Authority is mandated to prohibit, restrict or regulate the sale or hawking of wares, the erection of stalls on any street, or the use of any part of the street public place for the purpose of carrying on any trade, or business profession.
The authority further explains that any person who builds on the road reserve as defined in the Roads Act 2019, commits an offence and is liable upon conviction in the courts of law.
KCCA therefore stressed that any hawker who fails to observe the guidelines issued in the statement risks being forcefully evicted and in any way will have breached the law, and is liable to prosecution in Courts of Law.