Evicted Wobulenzi Vendors Stranded

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More than 100 roadside vendors in Wobulenzi town council have been left stranded after the authorities decided to turn the place they have been operating from into a flower garden.

More than 100 roadside vendors in Wobulenzi town council have been left stranded after the authorities decided to turn the place they have been operating from into a flower garden. The vendors have been operating on the road reserve along the Kampala-Luweero Highway. Recently, Joseph Ssebudde, town clerk Wobulenzi town council wrote to the vendors ordering them to relocate to Luzzi Zone of the Kampala-Luweero Highway by November 11, 2011.


In his letter, Ssebudde argued that the presence of the vendors in the road reserve was fueling conflicts between the vendors and shop owners. However, the vendors ignored the directive and went about with their business. However, last night Wobulenzi town council decided to setup flower gardens along the roadside reserve. This morning, the vendors who operate on Thursday and Friday where shocked to find the place turned into a flower garden.
 
 
Siraje Bendegere has been working as a roadside vendor for the past ten years. Bendegere says that they surveyed the proposed new site and found it flooded, which is a threat to the vendors and their customers. Another vendor Agnes Nabunya explains that the proposed site is prone to accidents because it is located to on a slope and wonders how the town council can resettle them at a death spot.


Nabunya adds that roadside vending has been her only source of income and evicting them would force her to engage in unlawful activists for survival. Rehema Mbasanze another vendor says that the proposed site is not strategic as it is far from the town council. She explains that they petitioned the town clerk about the matter but he evicted them without offering them an alternative.


She says that they now have nowhere to conduct their business yet some of their goods are perishable. The vendors have all refused to relocate to the new site and camped at road Bamunanika road. They have also vowed to block transport and turn the road into a market place until the town council authorities propose a safer place for them. Joseph Ssebudde, the town clerk and his deputy Irene Nakamatte refused to comment on the vendor’s demands saying they need time to study the matter.
 
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.