THE lives of several traders, operating lock up shops in central Kampala, will never be the same after October 31, 2002.
The over 50 traders have to look for alternative places to operate from, because the Kampala District works, physical planning and inspection has given them up to the end of this month to vacate the lane behind Greenland Towers.
The lock ups are to be demolished by Kampala City Council (KCC) because they are not catered for in the district plan. The district council meeting held on Tuesday at City Hall, Kampala endorsed the recommendation made by the works committee.
Sarah Kanyike Ssebagala, the district speaker chaired the meeting which was attended by Mayor Ssebaana Kizito, Town Clerk Gordon Mwesigye, councillors and KCC technical staff.
â€œThe lock ups behind Greenland Towers were illegally established on the lane thereby obstructing the smooth flow of traffic along the lane,â€ read resolutions presented to the council by the works committee chairperson Kibalama Ssentongo.
The Council recommended that the shops be closed and licenses cancelled. On February 4, 2002, the affectedb business people had petitioned the speaker of the council to give them ample time so that they get alternative places.
The traders were permitted to carryout their businesses temporarily while the petition was being heard.
On April 17, 2002, the works committee noted that since the six months deadline had elapsed from the time the traders were allowed to continue, they be given a fresh deadline of October 31, 2002.
The district council resolved that the decision be implemented. KCC officials identified the illegal lock ups during a routine tour of the city. Ends
KCC Targets Lock Up Shops