LC1 Elections: ‘Small traders weep as there was nobody to vend to’

Lira Main Market: Goods displayed, no buyers.

The election of Local Council One chairpersons held on Tuesday has left its negative effects on small scale traders in Lira Municipality as buyers took more hours at polling venues.

An investigation done by TND News’ Immaculate Amony, some shops remained closed for the whole day as attendants and owners decided to go vote their new local village leader.

At Lira main market, market vendors who had displayed their merchandises were left without customers to buy them.

Some traders who spoke to our reporter say many of their clients were tied up in their polling stations.

“The way I’m seeing, today’s election has made business to do badly because customers are not coming,” Agnes Atim told us.

Another trader identified as Ester, a tailor says “Customers are not here today in the market- most people have gone for elections that’s why we are here doing nothing.”

Ugandans took much time on Tuesday to vote their local Council One leaders. PHOTO CREDIT: LDA.

Wambede Andrew a chapati dealer at Corner Kamdini in Teso-bar, Lira Municipality told us that since morning, he has made no much money. He says all his daily customers went to vote.

Wambede, however, felt hopeful that he was going to make huge profits in the evening.

Corner Kamdini in Tesobar is one of the highly populated places in Lira Municipality with nearly 60 percent of Chapati businesses at its peak.

“The business is not actually okay. The election has touched us financially as there are no customers like before. I think I have not yet seen any better thing, not many customers as usual,” Wambede added.

For Robert Nabende, a boda boda motorist in Lira town, the day came with good business for him. He says he had many customers to be transported to various polling venues.

“Since morning [7am O’clock], I have not yet seen any difficulties about my work. I came to town very early and I have so far made some good money. So, right now am here resting. Have not seen any complication in my work,” he bragged.

Besides the decline in number of clients on Election Day, Tuesday, recently there has been a general decline in business transactions in Lira town, with experts attributing it to sharp increments in the prices of some commodities.



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