Vendors Dump Garbage at Lira Municipal Chambers

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In short
The Hotel operator, mainly women led a procession on various streets of the town while rotten garbage in basins and dishes.

Hotel operators and Market vendors at Te-Obaya Market in Lira town have staged a demonstration to protest the failure by the municipality to collect garbage over the last one month. The Hotel operator, mainly women led a procession on various streets of the town while rotten garbage in basins and dishes.

They also took samples of the rotten garbage to radio stations in Lira town including Rhino, Voice of Lango, and Unity fm. Te-Obaya market is just located less than 30 meters from Obote Avenue behind Coronation Park which is currently housing the main market. The protestors who sang songs in the local language castigating the municipal officials, walked through Olwol road up to the municipal offices, where they dumped the garbage.

The demonstration took the municipal officials and police authorities by surprise. Francis Okello, a hotel operator at Te-Obaya market says that they have been recording low sales because of the poor hygiene at the place. He says that through, the Lira Food Vendors Association they have been pleading with the municipality to clear the garbage in vain. Grace Alewic, another vendor says that she has not made any sales over the last four days as a result of poor hygiene.

She explains that her customers shunned her stall because of the bad stench from the site. Merry Ogwel, another vendor explains that they decided to dump the rotten garbage at the municipal offices to draw the attention of the officials to their plight. She says that they wanted municipal officials especially the mayor Morris Odung Omara and town clerk Daniel Kaweesi to experience the difficulty they go through each day.

Ogwel expressed fear that poor sanitation can cause serious disease outbreaks such as cholera, dysentery and Hepatitis A. However, both officials were not at the municipal chamber when the protestors stormed. When URN visited the market this morning, the garbage skips were filled to capacity with flies hovering over the place because of the heavy stench.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.