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Teargas, Bullets Used to Disperse Amber Court Vendors

The roadside vendors had been evicted by Mpumudde division authorities following complaints that they were blocking access to the Amber Court market. Instead, the vendors took to the streets to protest against the eviction on grounds that they had no alternative place for their operations.
Police officers on standby outside Umbercoat market.

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Police have used teargas and live bullets to disperse roadside vendors from areas neighbouring Amber Court gardens in Jinja district.    

The roadside vendors had been evicted by Mpumudde division authorities following complaints that they were blocking access to the Amber Court market. Instead, the vendors took to the streets to protest against the eviction on grounds that they had no alternative place for their operations.   

They lit a fire in the middle of the road, blocked traffic flow along Faraday lane and Kimaka areas, and pelted stones at the division enforcement officers who were deployed to effect the eviction. However, police intervened to tame the rowdy vendors.  

Geoffrey Ndawula, one of the roadside vendors told URN that most of them had set up stalls for work which have all been demolished.   

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Isma Ngobi, the chairperson of the roadside vendors says that an estimate of 200 vendors has been affected in the eviction exercise.

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Joshua Bagoole, the worker's councillor expressed displeasure at the manner in which the eviction process was carried out claiming that authorities ought to have a relocation plan before evicting vendors.

 

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Mpumudde Division Assistant Town Clerk Muwada Ntuyo who led the eviction exercise says that vendors were warned three months prior to the eviction but the majority of them ignored the directive. Ntuyo advises vendors to secure stalls within the market in order to avoid congesting the areas outside the market.

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