Breaking

Gulu Councilors, Technocrats Banned from Selling at Gulu Main Market

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.
Gulu Main Market in Larro Division visibly with very few people entering and coming out - Photo by Dominic Ochola

Audio 2



The Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi has issued a directive that bars all the councilors and technocrats in Gulu City from owning stalls and lockups in Gulu Main Market.

The Minister’s directive comes as Gulu City Council moves to undertake a fresh verification and registration of all vendors at the main market to get rid of those owning more than one stall or lockup shop. A report also emerged that a number of councilors and technocrats at various levels in Gulu City are owning more than one lockup or stall at the market and are subletting them out expensively to other vendors.

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.

// Cue in: “The public officials…//

Cue out …categories in charge.” //

According to Magyezi, the main markets were built for the poor people to make a daily living and that it is wrong for a person to own more than one lockup shop or stall and later rent it out expensively to others. He says all the extra facilities owned by an individual should be re-allocated to other vendors.

// Cue in: “Our position on…//

Cue out …one vendor one facility.” //

Minister Magyezi on Wednesday evening paid a courtesy visit to Gulu City Council during its full council meeting held at the Gulu City Health Boardroom. Magyezi gave the City Council until January 31st next year to finish the verification and registration of the market vendors.

Patrick Omaya, the Chairman Gulu City Market Vendors Association however says it is not a crime for a city councilor to be a vendor at the main market since politics is not a job.

According to Omaya, it is only wrong for the councilors to own five to seven lockup shops and later sub –rent it out expensively, something he says is greed and selfishness.

David Onencan, the City Councilor for Bardege –Layibi South Division appealed to the council to form an appeal committee that would handle complaints that would arise from the fresh verification and registration exercise.

################