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Vendors Protest Unfair Allocation of Lockup Spaces

Siraj Mugalula, the chairman Soroti Bus park vendors Association says the lock up spaces were allocated to non-sitting tenants.
Chairperson Soroti Bus park vendors Association

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Vendors operating in Soroti Bus Park are up in arms against the Municipality for sidelining them during the allocation of lockup spaces in the park.

 

They accuse Soroti municipality of sidelining them on grounds that they are poor and can't afford to pay for the lock up spaces.

 

Siraj Mugalula, the chairman Soroti Bus park vendor's Association says the lock up spaces were allocated to non-sitting tenants.

 

 

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Some of the vendors accuse councilors and municipal staff of sharing the lockups amongst themselves. Andrew Apedu, the youth councilor Soroti Municipality says the lockups were allocated on merit.

 

 

He says all the councilors who acquired the lockups applied for them through Peter Masiko, the former Town Clerk Soroti Municipality. Masiko says Soroti Municipal council advertised the lockup spaces and only those who applied were considered.

 

 

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Richard Etiau, the Soroti Municipal Senior Procurement Officer says special consideration was given to some of the operators.

 

 

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Ismael Ocen, one of those who applied for the lock up spaces says although he received a number, the authorities haven't showed him the size and space where his lockup is situated.  He says as a result, he has failed to develop the lock space allocated to him in 2012.

 

Another businessman who declined to be named said they are considering dragging council to court unless they are shown the lock space they were allocated.

 

 

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