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Timber Dealers, Street vendors Face fresh Eviction from Lira town Centre

They have continued operating along Bala, Kwania roads and Jinja Camp, Uhuru Barr and some corridors within the Central Business district of Lira town. Many street vendors have also remained visibly operating along busy streets Kitgum stage, areas around Lira Main market Noteber road at the corner of Amulam complex and Obote Avenue.
President Yoweri Museveni recently during the launch of USMID roads (Obote Avenue)
Lira Municipal council authority has given timber dealers and street vendors a one-week ultimatum to relocate to gazetted places.

Despite several attempts to relocate timber dealers to the Industrial area in Railways division near the defunct Lira Air-field, many have since remained defiant.

They have continued operating along Bala, Kwania roads and Jinja Camp, Uhuru Barr and some corridors within the Central Business district of Lira town.

Many street vendors have also remained operating along the busy streets of Kitgum stage, areas around Lira Main market Noteber road at the corner of Amulam complex and Obote Avenue.

This has often obstructed traffic and damaged grass and trees planted in the middle of the newly built roads under USMID program and blocking of walk ways. Samuel Ahebwa, the acting Lira Municipal town clerk has given the traders until July 31st, 2019 to comply or face forceful eviction.

In his order, Ahebwa directed all street vendors to either secure themselves stalls, lock up shops at the main market or relocate to site light markets established within the four divisions of Adyel, Ojwina, Central and Railways.

“Some of you reportedly either did not relocate or left the designated premises and are doing business all over the town contrary to section 2 of the Trade (Licensing) ACT CAP. 101 as amended that prohibits trading outside the gazette areas,” the directive reads in part.

Peter Okello, a street vendor along Obote Avenue is willing to relocate but asked the authority to give them at least one month to allow them secure a new site. Okello says just one week is not enough for them to secure new sites.

Arnold Otim, a timber dealer along Kwania road believes the directive is unfair since their business is at the outskirt of the town. He cited lack of viable businesses at the Industrial Area.

Mike Ogwang Olwa, the Lira Municipal Mayor recently urged local traders against abandoning market stalls and lock-up shops at the main market. Currently more than 1000 market stalls at the main Market are left vacant with many traders claiming lack of viable business since street vendors are allowed to operate similar business they are doing from inside.

This is the fifth eviction notice Lira Municipal authority is issuing to street vendors and timber dealers since 2012.  

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