Florence Lallam, the Woman Councilor representing Pece –Laroo North Division in Gulu City who led the team for the exercise told URN in an interview that the traders who were deregistered from their shops were not present at the time of the verification exercise and that the vendors who were renting from them were the ones registered as the new shop owners.
City Council Authorities have deregistered 260 traders from Gulu
Main Market after they were found to be subletting their lockup shops to
was during a two weekslong exercise that ended last Friday aimed at fresh verification
and registration of the market vendors selling at the market as directed by the
Local Government Minister Raphael Magyezi on 22nd December last
affected traders are under the Developers Association who first built their
shops on the market land in 1991 and Gulu Market Owino Developers Association
who acquired space to put up their shops from Gulu Municipal Council in 1998 in
the land housing the current market. After the Main Market was built and
commissioned in 2015, they were allocated shops, though some sub –rented it to
Lallam, the Woman Councilor representing Pece –Laroo North Division in Gulu City
who led the team for the exercise told URN in an interview that the traders who
were deregistered from their shops were not present at the time of the
verification exercise and that the vendors who were renting from them were the
ones registered as the new shop owners.
to Lallam, the fresh verification and registration exercise will allow the active
vendors to take over the ownership of the shops since they are the actual
people that the City Council wants to deal with.
also revealed that after the completion of the exercise, the team will forward
all the complaints to the appeal’s committee put in place to handle the
Onyuta, the Chairman of Gulu Market Owino Developers Association who also lost
ownership of his shop told URN in an interview that they used to rent out their
lockup shops to other vendors even before the Gulu Main Market was built and
that after they were allocated shops in the new market, they continued with the
Odoki, one of the traders kicked out from the market says they are preparing their
documents in a bid to seek legal redress since they acquired the lockup shops
also revealed that they shall sue the Gulu Main Market Vendors Association for
inciting the vendors to beat them up in case they go to the market asking for
money the vendors owe them for the shops.
Cue in: “Because we had…//
out …them for money.” //
Main Market is among five markets constructed in the first phase of the Market and
Agricultural Trade Improvement Program under the Ministry of Trade, Industries, and Cooperatives. The market was commissioned in 2015.