‘Leave our land’: CAA silences Lira Municipal Council over traders’ relocation


Lira Mayor Ogwang Olwa Veve and Lira Town Clerk [standing] addressing Lira media last week. File photo.

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Lira—15, June 2020: What if Lira produce dealers heeded to the call by Lira municipal authorities to have them relocated to the timer yard at the shoulder of Lira Airfield Run Way? This is an enormous question that deserves complex answers now.

A letter from Civil Aviation Authority has strongly warned Lira municipal Council authority to stop forthwith any plans of transferring the produce dealers from Awangemola road to the timber yard which is part of CAA land in Railways Division.

Last week, Lira municipal council and produce dealers traded in a bitter war of words as the latter declined to move their businesses to the timber yard for various reasons among which they cited, the place lacks sanitary facilities and that the land is not owned by Lira municipal council.

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Lira Mayor, Mr Mike Ogwang Olwa Veve cited overcrowding and non-compliance to social distancing as reasons for the relocation of the produce dealers and that it was a red zone for the spread of Covid-19.

The municipal had said that all talks was concluded with CAA to allow the produce dealers occupy the timber yard.

But in a letter dated 11 June 2020, authored by Fred K Kamwesigye who’s the Deputy Director General of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, Lira municipal council, through Lira RDC, Mr Milton Odongo has been instructed to abort any plans of relocating produce dealers on the disputed land.

“The purpose of this letter is to request you to cause a halt to any construction forthwith and to stop any plans to relocate market vendors on this land until the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) completed its plan of relocating the Airfield to a new site in Anai,” the letter reads in part.

Attempts to get comments from both Lira Mayor and Town Clerk were futile by press time as none of them responded to our phone calls.

CAA’s letter to Lira RDC Milton Odongo

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