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Bullets Fly as Market Women Demand Toilets

Helen Akidi, one of the vendors told Uganda Radio Network-URN in an interview that closure of toilets forced some vendors to resort to use of empty water bottles and buckets to ease themselves.
The protestors gathered in Kalongo Town Council on Wednesday.

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Police in Kalongo Town Council in Agago District on Wednesday morning fired live bullets to disperse  women of Kalongo market who were protesting  the closure of their toilets for to years now.

Fed up with the filth and risk of contracting deadly diseases the protesters, mostly women marched from the market site and pitched camp at the Town Council headquarters demanding for an answer from the Town clerk and the LCIII chairperson.

The women argued that the town council officials closed down a toilet at the market for a year now leaving hundreds of vendors and buyers who throng the market with no place of convenience.

Helen Akidi, one of the vendors told Uganda Radio Network-URN in an interview that closure of toilets forced some vendors to resort to use of empty water bottles and buckets to ease themselves.

She notes that the practice had compromised sanitation within the market citing foul smell emitted from urine or faeces kept in buckets by some vendors.

Akidi says the town council officials have been adamant to open up a toilet within the market for the last two years despite collecting daily revenues from vendors.

Luo

//cue in: “cwiny wa cwe…

Cue out:…tax ki coko.”//

Charles Oringa, Chairperson Kalongo market vendors’ says absence of toilets in the market has a negative impacts on sales in the market forcing some vendors to opt out of business due to inconveniences

He notes that they are also facing challenges with garbage management at the market which the town council officials have failed to act on for so long.

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//Cue in: “peko madit botwa…

Cue out:…ki I town council.”//

Kalongo Town Council Town Clerk Peter Obwor however says toilets at the market was closed because the vendors failed to maintain it’s hygiene, sparking concerns of spread of hygiene related diseases.

Obwor now says that they are working on ways of opening the market toilets next week but cautioned that once its opened, the vendors should take up responsibility of maintaining it clean.

David Olweny, the Officer in Charge of Kalongo Police Station, says the vendors were dispersed because they had turned rowdy.

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