Kampala Capital City Authority yesterday took over the management of the controversial Nakasero Market contrary to Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s demands that the vendors collect their own dues. Addressing a news conference in Kampala, City Executive Director Jennifer Musisi said her staff has already embarked on registration of genuine traders and vendors together with their stalls. The revenue department will rely on this data to levy taxes.
Ms Musisi scoffed at threats she was allegedly receiving from politicians and ‘opportunists’ and advised them to embrace the rule of law. “We are now in charge of Nakasero and our staff has started the registration exercise. I should also tell whoever is threatening to attack me that threats do not work here,” Ms Musisi said, adding, “Nakasero Market will remain under KCCA and its our mandate to collect revenue from markets and else where.”
Ms Musisi’s remarks come days after Nakasero market turned into a battle ground between vendors and their leaders over collection of market dues resulting in the death of one of them.
Musisi’s one year
In the one year Ms Musisi has been at the helm of KCCA, she managed to reclaim a number of City council property and ended Utoda’s two decades of monopoly as managers of the two city taxi parks.