Former Park yard Market vendors want President Yoweri Museveni to fulfill his pledge of Shillings 2 billion to support them for the loss of their merchandise that was gutted by fire.
The vendors made the appeal on Wednesday while appearing before the Legal and Presidential Affairs Committee led by the executive of their umbrella body, the new Agenda Traders Development Association.
They asked the Committee to ask the president to fulfill his 2011 pledge and also support vendors who lost their merchandise in 2011 and 2013 when fire gutted the market and loses they suffered during their recent relocation from the market.
More than 10,000 vendors were evicted from Park yard Market by Ham Enterprises to pave way for the redevelopment of Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium. Some of the vendors were relocated to Ham shopping mall, Usafi Market and Discount mall. The Legal and Presidential Affairs Committee is investigating the unlawful eviction of the vendors.
Appearing before the Committee, Muhammad Musisi, the General Secretary, new Agenda Traders Development Association, said several vendors are struggling to rebuild their lives following the fire incidents that left them with nothing.
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The Committee chairperson, Jessica Ababiku promised the vendors that will look at each of the issues raised in their petition. She urged all the vendors to be involved in the inquiry.