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Jinja Market Vendors Protest Deputy RDC's Involvement in Elections

Karadi, the chairperson of a nine-member committee which was on Tuesday instructed by the Jinja town clerk, Ambrose Ochieng to be a caretaker of the association ahead of next month’s elections, was blocked by vendors who argued that elections of the market leadership should not be influenced by security officials and municipal authorities.
Vendors block the Jinja deputy resident district commissioner, Hanifah Karadi from addressing them at the Jinja central market on Wednesday.

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Vendors of Jinja Central Market on Wednesday blocked the Jinja Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Hanifah Karadi from accessing their offices.

Karadi, the chairperson of a nine-member committee which was on Tuesday instructed by the Jinja town clerk, Ambrose Ochieng to be a caretaker of the association ahead of next month’s elections, was blocked by vendors who argued that elections of the market leadership should not be influenced by security officials and municipal authorities. 

This letter was issued following failed elections for the past seven months.

Police was deployed in all areas of the market to ensure sanity but the adamant vendors kept on shouting, drumming and blowing whistles aimed at pushing away Karadi.

Jinja central market traders’ association chairperson Henry Mujimba was elected as the association chairman for a two-year renewable term in 2015 however, to date, efforts of organizing fresh elections have been frustrated with vendors protesting against the process before receiving permanent allocations to their stalls.

Karadi says that the committee shall keep engaging vendors until they adhere to the rule of law which calls for immediate elections as the current leadership has overstayed their term in office. 

However, vendors insisted that she leaves market issues to them. 

Marion Nalumansi, a tomato vendor says that municipal officials should oversee elections other than forcing unto them an interim committee without prior consultation.

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Cue out…entebe,” 

Eva Naigaga, a vendor says that elections should be organized harmoniously without security interference. 

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Cue out…mali yabasubuzi,”. 

Meanwhile, Mujimba locked himself in the association office and declined to address the press on the matter.