The Democratic Party (DP) has threatened to drag the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to court over the death of Olivia Basemera, a street vendor who met her death after drowning in the Nakivubo Channel while being pursued by KCCA law enforcement officers last Friday.
Addressing the press earlier today, the DP Acting Secretary General Gerald Siranda said the party is set to hire a group of lawyers to take legal action against KCCA if Ms. Basemera’s family is not compensated for her death.
“A single mother of three children, Olivia Basemera has been paying school fees, taxes for every commodity she purchased be it fuel, food, clothes among other commodities,” Dr. Siranda said before castigating KCCA’s law enforcement operations.
An almost similar death incident occurred in November 2014 when a two-year old boy, Ryan Semaganda, was crushed to death by KCCA vehicle at the authority’s premises when his mother had been arrested and arraigned before court for hawking merchandise along Kampala Street.
Under KCCA bye-laws street vending is prohibited and anyone caught in breach is subjected to pay fine or face imprisonment for not more than two months.