Govt intensifies move to banish the poor: Kagina set to evict thousands working in road reserves

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Roadside vendors and stalls to be removed by Kagina
Roadside vendors and stalls to be removed by Kagina
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Government has directed all individuals who have structures or unauthorized activities of any form in the Road Reserves to vacate them before demolitions and forced evictions commence.

The demolition operation which is set to be carried out by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA),which is responsible for managing the National Road Infrastructure, will leave thousands of people impoverished without a source of income.

In a notice issued by UNRA executive director, Allen Kagina,  the authority has established that many individuals have encroached on the National Road Reserves, an act that contravenes the law.

“In some instances the encroachment has been extended to the walkways, road shoulders and the road carriageway itself thereby posing danger to road users especially, pedestrians,” the notice reads in part.

The “clean-up” exercise which is to be carried out on major roads ad highways will start with Kampala-Entebbe road and will later cover Kampala-Jinja road, Kampala-Masaka road, Kampala-Mityana road, Kampala-Hoima road and Kampala-Bombo road.

The notice does not mention any form of compensation to those who will be affected. This means all businesses deemed illegal by the roads authority will be destroyed and those affected will have no where to start from.

The letter signed byy kagina which the spear got a copy partly read:

“This hinders the smooth flow of traffic creating traffic congestion and disorder as we now see on many roads radiating from the city centre. In order to protect the National Road asset, UNRA will in accordance with Section 5 of the Roads Act, Cap 358 of the Laws of Uganda shortly commence eviction of all illegal markets and other unauthorized activities taking place within the road reserves along National Roads. This is therefore to advise all individuals who have structures or unauthorized activities of any form in the Road Reserves anywhere along the national roads to vacate before demolitions and forceful evictions commence. We request for maximum cooperation and compliance from the public to ensure a seamless exercise. We anticipate that this exercise will reduce congestion on our roads, reduce travel time and ensure safety of all road users.

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