City market traders have tasked the new leadership to evict vendors from the
streets and roadsides. They argue that the presence of the vendors has affected
The traders note that, since most commodities are scattered along the different
streets within Gulu City, most people prefer buying from street vendors.
are more than 4,000 market vendors under the leadership of Patrick Omaya who are
operating in Gulu City in the markets of Cereleno, Gulu Main Market, Layibi,
Bardege, Kabedopong and Olailong among others.
Santos Obura, the Gulu Market Vendors SACCOS General Secretary says that the
continued presence and operation of roadside and street vendors are preventing
customers from going to buy merchandise from the markets.
He explained that this has left many of the market traders with low or no sales
yet they are paying exorbitant market dues to the council authorities.
Obura added that the market vendors are concerned that the roadside and street
vendors also sell substandard goods and at low prices, something which has
deterred customers from going for better and highly-priced goods in the
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Patrick Omaya, the Market Vendors` Chairperson wants the new Gulu City Council
leadership to prioritize evicting roadside and street vending immediately when
they assume office next month.
He demanded that the roadside and street vendors be tasked to occupy free
stalls within the markets since many of them still have plenty of vacant space.
However, Alfred Okwonga the Gulu City Lord Mayor-elect said they have several
programs for the city as they prepare to assume duties in May this year citing
that it was yet early to disclose before taking over their offices.
Meanwhile, some of the street and roadside vendors along Gulu-Kampala Highway
in Pece-Laroo division have protested the proposed noting that they also pay
dues to the council.
Martin Okech, one of the street vendors says that they do not affect in any way
the progress of business within the markets but it is all about good customer
care and values of sold items.
There are hundreds of roadside vendors occupying either side of the
The majority of them start their business at noon hours until late in the
night. Most of them sell their items cheaply as compared to those sold in the market.
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