has banned street vending and street parking.
According to a directive issued on Monday by the Gulu City Town Clerk
Isiah Tumwesigye, the ban takes effective next month.
Isiah says that no businesses shall be allowed to operate on the pavements,
walkways, shops verandas, backstreets, and corridors.
The directive further notes that no business shall be allowed to operate along
the streets and fuel stations or any other place since it will be deemed
He directed all the affected persons to relocate to designated markets that include
Market, Gulu Modern, Kabedopong, Wilobo Market, Layibi Central Market, and any
other recognized markets in Gulu City.
However, some vendors have described the directive as harsh, untimely, and done
without consultations. They argue that they lack money for renting
stalls and lock-ups in the markets.
Janet Alima, a dealer in second-hand clothes along Gulu- Kampala highway, says
that the directive has left her confused wondering where she will sell her merchandise from.
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one of the vendors operating opposite Awere Stage along Ring Road, on the other
hand, says that he has no option but to sell his products from home.
Anthony Kilama, the Chairperson of Kony Pacu Market in Bardege Layibi Division,
welcomed the directive but asked the city leaders to make the proper
implementation of their directives in order to improve trade order in the city.
This is not the first time the authorities are trying to evict the vendors.
Last year, Gulu City Market Vendors Association petitioned Gulu City
authorities demanding the eviction of street vendors and hawkers.
hundreds of street vendors operating on major roads in Gulu City who sell
second first-hand clothes, food items, fruits, and electronics among others.
Taxi and bus operators are also scattered along
the Gulu-Kampala Highway where they load passengers.