The women vendors say, that they found themselves with no facilities for a habitable place, citing the lack of privacy during that period, They add that since they lacked enough capital, they got supplies on credit, but when they delayed to pay back the male suppliers often forced them into sex.
Nelson Dada, the Chairman General Arua main market, says all efforts were made to persuade the vendors to relocate in vain. He said some of the vendors resorted to vulgar language and insults whenever they asked them to vacate the roadside.
The market covering 2.5 acres of land will accommodate more than 1200 vendors. It has 734 stalls, 452 lock-ups and 60 peaches. It will, among other services provide space for saloons, barber shops, internet cafe, day care centres, clinics, banks, restaurants and offices.
Lukoya explains that in June this year, Wamala together with Hamza Mobonga who came masquerading as the Jinja District Police Commander and unidentified police officer picked up his son, Reagan Lubaale claiming he was wanted in Entebbe Chief Magistrates court.
Traders operating along Garage Street Market in Kabale Municipality are protesting the appalling state of the market. The market, commonly known as Owino, operates daily with several merchandise including, clothes, shoes fresh and dry foods and charcoal among other commodities. The traders claim that the markets roof is very old and leaks whenever it rains. As a result, they lose their fresh produce which they leave on the stalls.
The Kampala Capital City Authority Council has directed the KCCA technical wing to repossess Nateete market and resume collection of garbage in the area as investigations into its fraudulent sale continues.
Vendors operating in Gulu Main Market have protested a decision by the Municipal Council to give away the markets daycare centre to Uganda Revenue Authority URA and Uganda Registration Services Bureau URSB.
Ismail Jogo, one of the vendors who missed getting a plot at the new site following late arrival, said he would erect his shop by the roadside. He says when they were registered, the Arua Municipal Council officials said they would all be allocated temporary places to shift. He now wonders why many people have been left out and where they will be transferred.
The trading centres of Kalerwe- Bivamuntuyo, Nakulabye, Nakasero and Nakawa market which are usually covered with fresh food supplies are gradually running empty. A few stalls have a stock of fresh fruits, vegetables and other food stuffs.
Arua Municipal Council has asked the West Nile Golf Club to parcel out one hectare of land to relocate vendors ahead of the planned construction of Arua main market. Initially, the vendors had been asked to move to Oli and Awindiri markets, both constructed over 10 years ago, but have remained unoccupied.
Of particular concern to the traders is a toilet facility constructed by the town council a few years ago, but has now filled up. The traders say the town council has no plans to empty the toilet, something that has compromised sanitation in the market.
Francis Byabagambi, Jinja town clerk, says all street vendors are supposed to return to Jinja central market as it is believed that many left the market for the streets. He also notes that all kiosk owners should within three months have identified other areas of operation to allow the municipal authorities to clean the town.
Its a tale of two extremes as market vendors talk about waste management by the Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA. While at Nakasero Market in the centre of Kampala, vendors applaud KCCA for maintaining their working environment clean, it is a different story in Kasubi Market, just five kilometres on the Kampala-Hoima road.