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Vendors Protest Relocation of Luweero Weekly Market

Irene Nakamatte, the Luweero Town clerk wrote to Luweero Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on June 4, 2021, informing him about the impending relocation of the vendors.
17 Jun 2021 09:38

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The planned relocation of hundreds of vendors from the weekly market in Luweero Town Council has ignited fresh protests.  The vendors under their umbrella, Binyonyi farmers’ market operate on Mondays along streets including; Kalaso, Masgid-Bagalana and Kikuubo among others in Luweero town council.   The vendors were first relocated in late 2017 on the advice from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to pave way for the upgrade of Luweero-Ngoma road.

The vendors were operating along Luweero-Kiwoko, Police and Kasenke roads.   At the time, the town council had passed a resolution to relocate the market to Kiyenje zone, which triggered protests with the vendors claiming that the proposed site was not strategic for their business. After rejecting the proposed site, the vendors moved to other roads away from those connecting to the one UNRA wanted to upgrade. 

They have been operating from there illegally to date. In February this year, Luweero town council passed a resolution to relocate the vendors to Kiyenje Trading Center starting July this year.  The council’s resolution was premised on the need to have ample space for operation. Secondly, it was observed that the vendors operating in the road reserves are an inconvenience to other road users.

The vendors were also faulted for disposing of garbage in the drainage channels, which leads to poor sanitation exposing many lives to danger. Irene Nakamatte, the Luweero Town clerk wrote to Luweero Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on June 4, 2021, informing him about the impending relocation of the vendors. Given the sensitivity of the matter, the letter is copied to area security officials including Resident District Commissioner, District Police Commander and local government leaders.

URN spoke to some of the vendors as the days for their relocation draw closer. Noah Yiga Sewava, the chairperson of the vendors, says that the site at Kiyenje will only spell doom for their business, adding that the traders he leads have rejected it. He argued that a market of their kind can only profit when operating from a busy town with easy access for their customers.  

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Twaha Kasozi is one of the vendors protesting the planned relocation. According to Kasozi, it will be an inconvenience to their customers who always find it easy to buy from them after disembarking from taxis plying the Kampala-Gulu highway because they will then have to trek further.  

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