Erias Lukwago and Frank Gashumba: The blame for who is responsible for keeping vendors on Kampala streets

Erias Lukwago and Frank Gashumba The blame for who is responsible for keeping vendors on Kampala streets

Lukwago to Gashumba: Before you blame me, ask yourself why government has failed to permanently drive vendors off Kampala streets




The blame for who is responsible for keeping vendors on Kampala streets has for years been a centre of debate among ordinary Ugandans and leaders.

Appearing on NBS TV, Social entrepreneur also motivational speaker Frank Gashumba blamed Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago of being one of the people who have kept the city rowdy and crowded due to his support of vendors street operations.

“I don’t agree with Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on street vendors. Time has come for sanity to prevail in the city,” Gashumba said, adding that Ugandans need a trade order in their capital city and street vendors should go to the markets, where they belong because they have turned every place in Kampala to look like a marketplace.

However, Gashumba’s comments rubbed the Lord Mayor a wrong way and on Wednesday he was prompted to respond to the former.

Lukwago said he takes full cognizance of the frustrations many Ugandans endure by having a capital city with a clutter of merchandise strewn in almost all the streets, pavements and walkways. He however begged people condemning the poor state of the city to come to terms with the reality that the issue of trade order shall not be sustainably addressed by mere use of iron-fist methods by the state. He added that it is more complex than the majority of people imagine. 

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