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Street Vending in Jinja is very common and you can buy anything on the street. Street vendors create jobs, not only for themselves but also for their storage providers, transport operators, security guards and others. Despite their contributions, they face many challenges like the weather and the regulations of the municipal policies. Francis Byabagambi, Jinja town clerk, says all the street vendors are supposed to Jinja central market. He also notes that all the kiosk owner should within three months have identified other area of operations to allow the authorities to clean the town (Nyangoma, 2016). Hawkers and vendors on the street are an unsightly blight on the city. Besides this, the vendors operate in a variety of vending structures and hygiene of premises is really poor. Street food vendors were aware hygienic practices, but do not put them in practise (Muyanja, 2011). Once in awhile the Jinja Municipal Law Enforcement, forcefully evict street vendors. They demolish several stalls of the vendors. The vendors say they were not given sufficient time to relocate. The municipality however says the vendors were given enough time to register for an allocate stall in a main market. These evictions are done too little because there are still enough street vendors.  In Kampala a lot of street vendors don’t have money to go to an allocated place in a market hall, therefore the government is finalizing an arrangement through which street vendors will be granted financial support to help them. So, vending on the street is illegal and one should vend their products in an allocated place. If not, the municipality could take all your goods.

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