The Minister for Kampala Betty Olive Namisango Kamya has Wednesday banned vending on Kampala streets ahead of Christmas festivities.
According to the minister, the City gets awash during this period with street vendors and buyers as they try to make last minute sales and purchases.
In a press briefing held at her offices in Kampala, she emphasized that the commotion comes with all forms of challenges, including but not limited to, traffic jams, pick-pocketing and accidents.
“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,’’ she said.
The city minister then ordered Kampala Capital City Authority and the Uganda Police Force (Kampala Metropolitan Police) to clamp down on what she declared “illegal activity” and bring the offenders to book.
She also highlighted on noise pollution in the city saying that there shall be a lot of religious activities and merry-making going on during Christmas.
“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, Kampala minister advised all organizers to follow the duly laid out protocols of seeking permission from NEMA, KCCA and relevant local government and the Uganda Police Force and then comply with the conditions laid out in their directives or permits.
On festivities including entertainment centres like bars, hotels and other hospitality centres, the ministry has advised 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,” the minister said.
About Kampala traffic, Kamya revealed that traffic jam in the city is caused by a number of factors such as Illegal parking and illegal stages which she said that it will not be accepted and implored all taxi operators to utilize the existing taxi parks and gazetted stages.
She also said that security in the city shall be paramount and that the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander has assured people of intensified foot and motorized patrols to deter burglaries, mugging, drug abuse, thefts and other crimes associated with festive season.
On Solid waste Management she stated that During the festive seasons, there is usually an increased amount of rubbish that is generated by the public.
“KCCA has engaged the garbage collectors responsible for the various areas in the city to ensure that their clients are adequately serviced,” she said.
The ministry advised the public to be a conscious Consumers and requested them to use recyclable packaging.
Kampala residents have also been advised to report illegal dumping.