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.
More than 600 vendors in Cereleno Market in Bardege-Layibi Division
in Gulu City are on the verge of eviction.
Last month the authorities of Layibi Division through Vincent Opio, the
division`s Senior Assistant Town Clerk wrote a letter notifying the market
leaders that the market has been illegally constructed along Olwoch Salvatore
Road which is in an industrial area.
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 same letter has blocked the market authorities and vendors from conducting
any further construction in the area claiming that the establishment of the
former structures was politically enforced.
Anthony Kilama, the Cereleno Market Chairperson confirmed receipt of the letter
and directive but noted that they had earlier consulted the interim of Gulu
City Council who gave them the green light for the construction.
He noted that it is unfortunate that the vendors wasted a lot of money and
resources to erect their structures just months after they were evicted from a
privately owned piece of land last year.
The market currently has hundreds of makeshift structures, stalls and several
semi-permanent buildings that were constructed by the individual vendors.
Sarah Aber, one of the vendors has expressed dismay at the Layibi Division
authorities and the land owners for duping them to construct on a place that
has been gazetted for a market area.
Aber disclosed that she spent more than 200,000 Shillings to construct her
stall and has not recovered the money due to low sales.
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Florence Ajok, a lemon dealer is equally worried by the looming eviction, she
says she will not only incur losses but will also have nowhere to relocate.
Edward Kiwanuka Guava, the Gulu City Town Clerk has however called for calm
among the vendors noting that the matter will be handled when the new City
leadership are sworn in.
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Asked why the market was established, Kiwanuka said that the city council
agreed to the construction since it was a matter of urgency because the vendors
had also been evicted from a private land they had occupied for over
twenty-five years and were left stranded.
Cereleno Market was established in 1997, it is one of the biggest markets in
Gulu City after Gulu Main Market.
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