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Park Yard Vendors Picking Up Pieces After Fire

Vendors in Park Yard have started demarcating space to reconstruct their market, a day after it was destroyed by fire. The early Wednesday morning fire left the over 30,000 vendors counting losses after all their merchandise was reduced to ashes, the third time in four years that the market has been destroyed.
Vendors picking up the pieces after the Park Yard market fire

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Vendors in Park Yard have started demarcating space to reconstruct their market, a day after it was destroyed by fire.

 

The early Wednesday morning fire left the over 30,000 vendors counting losses after all their merchandise was reduced to ashes, the third time in four years that the market has been destroyed.

 

But by Thursday morning, the market had been graded and traders were busy trying to locate the space where their stalls stood before the fire.  Others had carefully placed shoes or clothes on polythene sheets selling.

 

Burnt out old clothes, shoes, pieces of wood, broken bottles among other things form the bulk of the litter left behind after the market.

 

The majority of traders were still gathered in small groups discussing the third fire that reduced their merchandise to ashes. Hours after the fire, President Museveni pledged one billion shillings to help the vendors out of their current situation.

 

Some of the vendors point fingers at the current developments in Nakivubo market as the possible origin of the fire. They claim that Nakivubo stadium had put out a plan showing Park Yard market as a parking lot.

 

///Vendors calling for help////

 

Phillip Sengooba, a market vendor found trying to locate where his stall was said he had no option but to get a loan to start afresh. Sylvia Nalukwago, a second hand shoe dealer said she had capital of three million shillings which went up in flames.

 

Some of the traders in the market expressed their views on how they are picking up the pieces to continue with life after the inferno.

 

///Traders narrating their ordeal///

  

Police continue to maintain their presence at the nearby police post and a fire truck.