KCCA law enforcement officers warned against brutality

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital city authority Lord Councillors have resolved to meet the KCCA law enforcement officers on Monday afternoon hear some of the reasons why they have continued mistreating traders while enforcing trade order .

This was resolved in the council meeting that is still ongoing at city hall debating on the document that was released by the minister for Kampala Betty Olive Namisango Kamya to interdict the 9 KCCA law enforcement officers that were pinned recently for their continued brutality.

Before the resolution Councillors had proposed that such KCCA enforcement officers be expelled from the authority something that the acting deputy executive director Samuel Sserunkuma objected saying that the KCCA enforcement team must first be heard before the decision .

The KCCA Lord Councillors during the last council meeting had passed a motion to prosecute the KCCA law enforcement officers who engage in acts of brutality towards street vendors and hawkers.

The motion was brought by Makerere University Councillor Doreen Nyanjura in a meeting chaired by the Lord mayor Elias Lukwago at City Hall Kampala, and out of 34 Councillors 19 supported the motion.

Currently councilors are Still debating on how best they can pardon hawkers and street vendors as the minister for Kampala Betty olive Namisango kamya proposed in her statement that she released on 12 March 2019.

Beti Olive Namisango Kamya has suspended eight Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers.

In a letter dated March 12, 2019 to the Acting KCCA Executive Director Eng Andrew Kitaka, Kamya said the officers in question were accused of extortion and brutality and that they should be interdicted immediately to pave way for investigation into their conduct.

The suspended officers whom the minister mention by one name include Jemba Bernard, Wampamba, Mukalazi, Kato, Muyimbwa, Kabito and Mariam.

Minister said, they should be relieved of their duties and hand in their uniforms, tools and facilities.Kamya adds that she expects a report within one month from the date of the letter.

Early this month Minister held a meeting with over 1,000 vendors and hawkers operating in downtown Kampala who accussed the law enforcement officers of being brutality and corrupt.

During the same meeting Central division Mayor Charles Musoke Sserunjogi asked KCCA law enforcement to stop arresting vendors beyond the stipulated time.

Lukwago said KCCA trade act stipulates that the law enforcer should stop operating at 5 pm, but some enforcers have gone a head to impound the goods of the vendors after the time some thing that’s illegal.
The authority still in discussion to have the vendors relocated to gazetted places.