Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has called for regulation of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement teams.
Lukwago’s suggestion comes after the death of a city hawker Oliver Basemera, 35, who drowned in Nakivubo Channel on Friday while fleeing from law enforcement officers, who were conducting operations against hawking in the central business district.
The incident triggered outrage among vendors and boda-boda riders who carried her body to City Hall, the headquarters of KCCA accusing the authority of causing her death.
The City Authority later issued a statement distancing itself from the tragedy. The statement noted that “at the time of the incident, it is alleged that there was a vehicle belonging to KCCA at Jinja Road Traffic Junction.”
But Lukwago said such a statement is an attempt to cover up and condone KCCA law enforcement team.
Lukwago faults the authority for the absence of a bi-law on the regulation of KCCA laws in line with a resolution passed in November 2016 calling for drafting an ordinance on law enforcement.