Janani Loum, the Chairperson of Ready Made Vendors says the process of the election hasn’t been followed citing the failure of the electoral officers to validate the registry, display registered members and establishment of a complaint desk.
They died on spot last night when the vehicle they were in the Canter Vehicle Registration number UBF 743B traveling lost control and overturned along Walter Opwonya Road in Bardege-Layibi division at the center of Gulu City.
Geoffrey Otim, the Gulu City Bardege-Layibi Division Mayor told URN on Wednesday that they negotiated with the power distributor to give them some time to clear the outstanding bills but their request fell on deaf ears.
Florence Lallam, the Woman Councilor representing Pece –Laroo North Division in Gulu City who led the team for the exercise told URN in an interview that the traders who were deregistered from their shops were not present at the time of the verification exercise and that the vendors who were renting from them were the ones registered as the new shop owners.
Alex Otema, the Chairman of Keyo Road Business Community told URN in an interview that they were told about the digital revenue collection system last year during registration for local service tax. He says that no one has sensitized them ever since then on how the system works, something leading to tax evasion.
Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi says the public officials of Gulu City are not supposed to be vendors at Gulu Main Market that they would be supervising because it would be tantamount to conflict of interest when handling issues related to the market.
Justin Komakech, a resident of Amuru District was brutally arrested in August, and later tortured by Environment Police personnel after he recorded a phone video of the officers extorting money from a charcoal dealer in a truck. The officers forced Komakech to write an apology prompting the intervention of Amuru District leaders. He later reported the matter to the Police Professional Standard Unit in Gulu City, but to-date his tormentors are still at large, yet some witnesses declined to record statements.
Catherine Lanyero, the Gulu City Commercial Officer says that the market’s cold room lies empty six years after commissioning the market. She says that this is frustrating the vendors whose businesses require the cold roo
In their petition handed over to Bosco Odoch Olak, the National Resistance Movement Coordinator for Northern Uganda on Saturday, the vendors want the president to intervene in the matter and ensure constant power supply.