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Kitgum Vendors Not to Relocate To Airfield Market

Jude Ogik, the Kitgum Municipal Council legal Representative told URN in an interview on Friday that Justice Mubiru over ruled the injunction against his clients, saying their action was in line with the physical planning act 2010.
Vendors at Kitgum Airfield Market jubilate the High Court ruling squashing injunction against relocating their oponents on Friday. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Vendors at Tuma Atoo Market in Central Division in Kitgum Municipality have vowed not to relocate to the temporary Airfield Market in Pandwong Division.

This comes a few days after Justice Stephen Mubiru overruled with costs a temporary injunction issued in March by Hussein Ntalo, the former Kitgum Chief magistrate barring Kitgum Municipal Council from evicting the vendors.  

Ntalo issued the injunction after 16 aggrieved vendors dragged Kitgum Municipal council to court protesting their forceful relocation to Airfield Market.  

The vendors were part of some more than 100 vendors who left Airfield Market to start their own, shortly after they were relocated to pave way for the construction of a modern Market in Central Division.  

Jude Ogik, the Kitgum Municipal Council legal Representative told URN in an interview on Friday that Justice Mubiru over ruled the injunction against his clients, saying their action was in line with the physical planning act 2010. 

He says the Municipal Council appealed the magistrate’s decision, which he says didn’t have jurisdiction to entertain the matter.  

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Ogik says with the High court ruling, the vendors should now think of voluntarily moving to the temporary market site before Municipal authorities take action since they have the legal powers.           

However, some of the vendors told URN on Saturday that the court order won’t scare them, saying they continue with normal business.           

Beatrice Aryemo, a fish vendor in the market, says she is ready to face any threat to defend where her work place. She notes that all attempts to evict them from the market, which sits on private land is politically motivated.     

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Mary Lamwaka, a second hand cloth vendor at the market, says the land they are occupying is privately owned, adding that they pay due rent to the land owner.  

She says the Municipal authorities shouldn’t mix them with others who are alleged to have parted ways with vendors from Airfield Market. She says they won’t leave if an attempt is made towards eviction them.

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The Kitgum Airfield Market Chairperson, Concy Atim, says they are happy with the High court decision, which will see the breakaway vendors return to the designated market site.    

She says operation of an illegal market within the Municipality was hurting several businesses at Airfield, arguing that most businesses were on the verge of collapse.

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The Kitgum Municipal Mayor, Walter Livings Tooroma has warned vendors at Tuma Atoo against defying the court ruling, saying that they operated in a non gazetted market.

Tooroma says he has already instructed the Town Clerk’s office to make the necessary coordination to ensure that the vendors are moved to Airfield Market peacefully.  

Kitgum Municipal officials last year relocated over 1500 vendors to Airfield Market in Pandwong to pave way for the construction of a multibillion market funded by African Development Bank at a tune of Shillings 23 Billion.  

Construction of the market is expected to last for two years and will accommodate some 2,000 vendors.