The Minister for Kampala Affairs, Ms Beti Olive Kamya has written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Kale Kayihura, requesting for 300 police officers whom she said, would be back up the existing law enforcement officers in the city.
In a letter dated 9 February this year, Ms Kamya noted that nearly 70 percent of commercial activities take place in Kampala Capital City and the metropolitan area, arguing that such businesses must have their safety guaranteed.
The Minister contends that almost each activity of KCCA prescribed under section 7 and the third schedule of the KCCA Act 2010 must be policed on a daily basis, for effective implementation.
She further stresses that the new officers would remain staff of Uganda Police for all other purposes, but deployed in the enforcement department of KCCA on a permanent basis, unless they are transferred by Uganda Police.
Her letter is also copied top the KCCA executive director, Ms Jennifer Musisi, Kampala Lord Mayor, Mr Erias Lukwago, deputy Lord Mayor, Ms Sarah Kanyike and the Kampala Ministry undersecretary, Mr Samuel Baker Emiku.
KCCA deputy Spokesperson, Mr Robert Kalumba confirmed having seen the Minister’s letter and noted that for the last six years, the authority has been short of law enforcement officers to control trade order in the city.
KCCA council has maintained that park yard vendors should continue operating until council resolves their status