The rift comes a week after the City authorities accompanied by security personnel stopped leaders in Bardege Division from allocating space to accommodate vendors that were last month evicted from major streets.
and Bardege-Layibi Division authorities are embroiled in a row over plans to
allocate market space for vendors dealing in second-hand clothes and shoes.
The rift comes a week after the City authorities accompanied by security
personnel stopped leaders in Bardege Division from allocating space to
accommodate vendors that were last month evicted from major streets.
Clerk Isiah Tumwesigye on Tuesday faulted the division leaders of
Bardege-Layibi for rushing to create a market space for vendors without
consulting the city council officials. He notes that the allocated space is
illegal since it lies within a wetland gazetted by the National Forest
Authority-NFA adding that they won’t allow it to be destructed by giving it out
//cue in: “The area they…
Cue out:…claim a wetland.”//
According to Tumwesigye, the creation of a new market wasn’t necessary at the
moment since there are still vacant spaces in designated markets within the
city. He says the move nearly disorganized businesses in other markets since
many people rushed to acquire spaces leaving out the main markets.
//cue in: “we have enough…
The Deputy Resident City Commissioner for Pece-Laroo Division Peter Banya noted
that security won’t allow any establishment of new markets. He says the
Division authorities failed to liaise with the city council authorities and
security on their resolution which would have been destructive to the
Deputy Speaker of Bardege-Layibi Division Council Brian Openyrwot said that
blocking the allocation of the market space by the city authorities was an ill
move driven by a fight for revenue collection.
He says the
division passed a resolution in the council about two weeks ago to grant the
evicted vendors space for business owing to their outcry after being mercilessly
evicted without being offered alternative places for businesses.
//cue in: “Lucat bongi ma…
out:…ilok kum revenue.”//
says as division leaders they are planning to hold meetings with the city
authorities to help out the vendors get spaces for businesses. He notes that
the current trade order being implemented by the city council can only be
meaningful if more markets are created to accommodate the vendors.
“macalo Lutela we…
Cue out:…ki enforcing matwala.”//
The majority of the affected vendors have however opposed the decision of the
city council blocking them from being allocated business spaces.
Vicky Aloyo, one of the vendors who was evicted along Gulu Kampala Highway in
July argues that whereas the city authorities claim there are still vacant
positions in the various markets, the majority of the spaces are unconducive
for businesses. She appealed to the city leadership to gazette a new market
that can accommodate those evicted.
Last week, Gulu City Council authority and security personnel held a meeting in
which they resolved to have a weekly market for the evicted vendors.