By Ivan Mwine
The Ministry of Security has through the Office of the President issued a directive to all Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) to ensure that there are no hawkers in villages across the country, for fear that they could be rebels masquerading as hawkers.
The letter which was written by Security Minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi, addressed to all RDCs, Resident City Commissioners (RCCs), District Police Commanders (DPCs), and District Internal Security Officers (DISOs) dated January 11th, 2022, reads in part thus;
“We have received information that there are criminals moving around villages especially in Western Region, masquerading/pretending to be hawkers/ traders.
This practice of moving in villages selling items should not be allowed as it is a source of insecurity. Those who want to do trade should do so in trading centres.”
It should be noted however that the directive from the Ministry of Security comes at a time when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is ridding Kampala of hawkers, arguing that they cause congestion in the city.