Only a few vendors will be allowed to operate around Namugongo Martyrs Shrine during this year's martyrs day celebrations, the Parish Committee has revealed.
Ben Ssemuka, the Namugongo Parish Treasurer, says they will restrict the number of the vendors because of the limited space following the expansion works.
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He however, didn't disclose the exact number of vendors they will allow to operate inside the shrine.
Ssemuka also says the vendors will not be allowed to hawk their merchandise, which means they have to stick to the allocated spaces.
Some of the vendors are unhappy with the new arrangements, saying they may not make as much money as they used to do in the past. Lillian Nantumbwe, a crafts vendor says restricting their numbers and movements will impact heavily on their earnings.
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Robert Kayinda, another vendor says in addition to the limited space, security has banned the sale of some items like pork and alcohol.
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Paddy Lukwago, a permanent Rosary vendor in the parish, says in the past by this time they would already be cashing in, but business is slow this time around.
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John Bosco Sserunjogi, the Kiira Division Police Commander, says they have already heightened security in Namugongo to keep away all trouble causers. According to Sserunjogi, they will not allow any criminals to operate in Namugongo.
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Our reporter saw heavy deployment in and around Namugongo. Columns of soldiers and polices armed to the teeth were seen patrolling the area ahead of the martyrs day celebrations on June 3rd.