Chapati makers under their umbrella body Kampala Chips, Chapati and Rolex Association have protested massive arrests by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcement officers.
Dickson Aineomugisha, the chairperson of Kampala Chips, Chapati and Rolex Association, says more than 100 of their members have been arrested by KCCA law enforcement officers within a space of less than a month for unspecified reasons.
He claims that those arrested have never been charged nor appeared in court and their whereabouts is unknown. Aineomugisha says their attempts to get audience from the Kampala Minister, Beti Kamya, haven’t yielded results.
Aineomugisha says that whenever the KCCA enforcement team picks up their members they claim to be working on the instructions of Kamya and the Children and Youth Affairs State Minister, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.
They are demanding an explanation from the duo on why they are being arrested. The association claims that its members pay operational license fees, rent and money to collect waste from their surroundings but don’t know why they are picked up.
Shafique Mbabali, a member of the association, says he has been earning his survival from baking chapatti but it seems KCCA wants to displace them from the city; a move he says will escalate crime and unemployment.
Mbabali says he has been paying his tuition at St Lawrence University using his earnings from the chapati business but he can’t trace his employees namely Badru Lubega, Tony Ndiwalana and Musa Sekalemba.
According to Mbabali, the trio was picked up from their stalls in Makindye and their whereabouts is unknown.
The association has issued a three day’s ultimatum to Kampala Minister Betty Kamya to address their issues or else they call for her impeachment.
They accuse Kamya for neglecting them and paying attention to political issues at the expense of developmental issues. Mbabali demands that KCCA comes out and tells them what to do.
KCCA has not yet commented as our reporter couldn’t reach Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson.