Gulu LC5 chairperson orders for eviction of vendors along Kampala highway

The Gulu Main Market which according to LC5 chairperson Ojara is one of the gazetted places for trades. Courtesy photo.

The LC5 chairperson Gulu district Ojara Martin Mapenduzi has written to Gulu Municipality town clerk – directing his office to evict vendors operating in front of Buganda Pub and Alobo Night Club.

In his letter, Mr. Ojara says it must be executed with immediate effect.

The letter also copied to Gulu district police commander, also gives the DPC directive to investigate some leaders within the district following some allegations of extorting money from the vendors.

According to the LC5 chairman, the leaders who often get bribes from vendors have assured the traders of continued stay and dealing from such localities.

In interview with our reporter from Bomah hotel in Gulu town – Mapenduzi said that vicinity near Alobo Night Club and Buganda Pub are not Gazzeted for any commercial business, adding that these vendors have greatly affected other business people.

He said gazetted areas for commercial businesses include Gulu Main Market, Cereleno market and many other places. Mapenduzi added that because of this, vendors in gazetted areas are not getting customers as most customers are buying from the roadside.

“They are also tax defaulters and are cheating both government and the district at large,” he said.

Mr. Kelly Komakech – the Pece division LC3 chairperson while responding to the allegation and directive, said as Pece division, they have commenced registration of vendors for proper planning.

“Pece division council has resolved to relocate these vendors from the road side to new siTe behind Pier A 2 and Lacan Peneno,” Komakech says.

 He added: “The council has finished negotiation with the land load and the council is going to beautify the place.”

He rubbished the chairman’s directive, saying that “it’s not going to work within the ultimatum of 14 days.”

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