More than 30
lockup shops in Gulu Main Market have been abandoned by vendors due to poor
Commissioned in 2015, the market has 400 lockup shops accommodating hundreds of
say the northern wing of the market consisting of about 50 lockup shops on the
first floor has failed to attract permanent vendors.
Santo Obura, the Manager of Gulu Market Sacco, who owns an office in the
Northern section of the market says accessibility has remained their biggest
challenge ever since the market was opened.
Obura says the majority of clients who visit the market fails to reach the
northern section because it’s isolated with no access, leaving vendors renting
the shops with no sales.
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that in past they raised complaints to the former Municipal leaders prompting
an intervention to erect a metallic staircase from outside the market.
however says the work has stalled after the contractor abandoned the project
for unclear reasons.
Obura called on the City council officials to respond to their plight by
ensuring external access linking the lockup shops on the northern wing is
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Wily Lubangakene, a businessman renting one of the lockup shops says businesses
which involve the display of stocks are impossible to run in the northern wing
of the market. He says a few businessmen like him who are owning shops in the
market section are using it for other purposes such as offices and coordinating
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Gulu Main Market Vendors Association Chairperson Patrick Omaya says that they
have several times raised the matter to Gulu City Council authorities but no
feedback has been given on their concerns. Omaya says whereas vendors need
space for businesses, the available lockup shops can’t be of any help because
of their inaccessible location.
hundreds of vendors occupying the parking space at Gulu Main Market were
evicted by Gulu City Council law enforcement officials backed by military
personnel in a move aimed at restoring trade order.
Gulu City Principal Commercial Officer Nixon Atemo Komakech however says the
majority of the vendors have shunned the lockup shops even when they are
He admitted that a previous contractor hired to construct an access stair at 38
million shillings three years again abandoned the project over a low budget.
Komakech says the city council is now hunting for money to construct an access
route that will ease business at the market’s Northern section.
Gulu Main Market hosts more than 4,000 registered vendors dealing in various