‘’This letter serves to inform your office that, we the market vendors are not ready to tolerate re-opening of the former Cereleno Market as we are seeing the structures are being put in place,” reads the vendor’s petition.
The vendors, especially women, argue that the markets they are operating from are unhealthy, insecure and have poor structures, which could make them vulnerable to contracting diseases and falling prey to criminals.
In the letter addressed to Anthony Kilama the market chairperson Opio says that the market authorities contravened the Building Control Act 10 Section 34 which prohibits any person from carrying out a building operation unless he or she has a valid building permit issued by a building committee.
The district coronavirus taskforce and security authorities opened the market on Tuesday on condition that the vendors adhere to social distancing rules, reduce on the number of food vendors and putting in place screening facilities at each entry point.
Paul Kato, a tomato supplier from Wobulenzi told URN in an interview that these middlemen who call themselves giants have blocked them from selling directly to the retailers in Cereleno and Gulu main markets, which is affecting their business.