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Jinja City Intensifies Operation Against Roadside Vendors :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Jinja City Intensifies Operation Against Roadside Vendors

The Jinja City Spokesperson, Rajab Kitto says that the operation was sanctioned early this week due to unregulated businesses that have been set up in the city.
UPDF soldiers and their counterparts from police seen patrolling central market, to deter vendors from displaying items along the roads.

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Jinja City authorities have intensified operations to evict roadside vendors, illegal taxis, and boda boda stages in a bid to restore trade order in the city.

The Jinja City Spokesperson, Rajab Kitto says that the operation was sanctioned early this week due to unregulated businesses that have been set up in the city.

Kitto argues that, in some circumstances, roadside vendors are cheaply selling items, while the shop owners have been denied access to their targeted clients, yet they are expected to remit both monthly and annual taxes to the Jinja city council.

“Shop owners are reluctant towards paying trading licenses, due to economic pressures hinged on their business enterprises by vendors, who display items cheaply along the roadsides and in areas where we had zoned off to collect about 100 Million Shillings, we hardly get 20 Million Shillings, which has overtime affected our revenue collection targets,” he says.

Kitto further says that illegal taxis and boda boda stages are contributing to traffic congestion in the city. Kitto adds that they will continue relying on city enforcement teams, police, and UPDF to restore order in the central business district.

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Safiat Nakiranda, the coordinator of hawkers tasked Jinja City authorities to map out designated areas for evening markets, where traders can easily sell merchandise, rather than pushing them off the streets without creating for them alternative avenues of earning income.

Nakiranda argues that there are over 500 registered roadside vendors dealing in different items ranging from food to textile products. She adds that setting up an open working space will enable them to keep afloat, as they move off the streets.

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