Kampala- Six officers of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) were arrested for soliciting bribes and charging non-receipted money from Usafi Market vendors.
According to vendors, the officers have been asking for exorbitant amounts of money for one to get a stall in the market and often collected non-receipted market dues.
“We lodged our complaints about the officials to the police after failed attempts to have KCCA check on their conduct,” said Mr Joseph Kagolo, the chairperson of the Usafi Vendors Association.
Mr Kagolo said the officials were presenting themselves as KCCA tax collectors and often treated rudely the vendors who fail to give them money.
The suspects were first detained at Muzaana Police Post in Katwe but were later transferred to CIID headquarters and are now detained at the Central Police Station.
KCCA deputy spokesperson Robert Kalumba confirmed the development and warned the public against dealing with individuals demanding for cash fines.
“Some of the arrested suspects are our casual workers who were entrusted with duties of temporary management of the market,” Mr Kalumba said.
Mr Kagolo alleged that the suspects were for instance, asking for Shs100,000 for a stall that goes for Shs50,000.
Vendors that Daily Monitor interviewed alleged the officers also collected KCCA market dues of Shs6,500 in cash instead of vendors depositing it on KCCA bank accounts.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor