By Our Reporter
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has filed a case at high court seeking orders to remove the deployment of army officers from City street and stop the brutality of boda boda cyclists and street vendors.
Addressing the media in Kampala, Lukwago stated that the current legal regime, vests the mandate of organising and regulating trade order in the City in KCCA.
He said the unilateral decisions of the Minister for Kampala and RCC to evict vendors and Boda boda without options of licensing is illegal, ultra vires , irrational and unreasonable.
He stressed that the operations are having little to do with trade order rather a security operation sanctioned by the National security council.
He warned that the decree by the Minister and RCC to reduce the numbers of Boda Boda riders to 7000 out of 200,000 is but a recipe for chaos.
Lukwago who is seeking for orders of Certiorari, Prohibition, Mandamus and Injuction against the actions of the Minister for Kampala and RCC in a detailed petition to high court cautioned his detractors to stop the petty arguments that he doesn’t wish for an organized City.
He said that he ha strived to put in to place several plans and ordinances to achieve the same.
He urged the central government to focus on increasing funding to enable implementation of KCCA strategic plans which will resolve these challenges.
He said that the operation to evict street vendors and hawkers from the city is illegal because KCCA has no enabling law currently to enforce the directive.
Lukwago alleged that the operations are not about bringing trade order in the city as the ministry asserts, he noted that these operations were sanctioned by the National Security Council spearheaded by RCC’s office with an unknown motive.
He now demands the court to declare illegal the activities of evicting street vendors and hawkers.