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Traders Decry Loss of Merchandise in Moroto Central Market

According to Masese, he lost merchandise worth Shillings 100,00 to burglary within a period of three weeks when he joined the market. ‘’We are very irritated and sad over the losses we are facing because of these constant thefts of our goods. We are mugged almost every night and no one cares,’’ Masese said.
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Traders in Moroto central market have decried the increased cases of theft, for which they are incurring huge losses. The traders who entered the market in March, say they have been losing merchandise despite the police presence in the market.  

Although the market has CCTV cameras, they cannot work at night due to the limited power supply in the market. Only two police officers guard the market during the night hours. Moses Masese, a trader says they are incurring losses following a series of robberies targeting their stalls and police have done nothing to address the matter.

According to Masese, he lost merchandise worth Shillings 100,00 to burglary within a period of three weeks when he joined the market. ‘’We are very irritated and sad over the losses we are facing because of these constant thefts of our goods. We are mugged almost every night and no one cares,’’ Masese said. 

He also questioned why police officers always instruct them to close their businesses as early as 6:00 pm pretending to be strict and but their merchandise disappears.

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Ivan Edengu, another trader wonders how their items are always picked when the main entrance to the market is intact. He says that he has been robbed twice within a week but surprisingly he always finds his merchandise packed the same way he left it.   

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Salim Wambede, the Chairperson of Moroto Central market vendors, says that the problem of theft has persisted for a long time despite the numerous meetings they have had with security personnel. Wambede blames the police for failure to play their role of protecting people’s properties around the market premises.    

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Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the complaints of the traders. He explained that when the issue of theft arose in the market, they took the matter seriously and carried out their own investigation, which led to the arrest of one suspect.

He explains that the suspect could lock himself inside the market when people are done with their business and loot their merchandise at night. He said the suspect has been coordinating with other colleagues who are on run after learning of his arrest.

Moroto central market was constructed under the government’s markets and agriculture trade improvement program(MATIP). The market started operating in March 2022.