Kiosk Operators In Hoima Face Eviction

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More than 60 kiosk operators in Hoima municipal council are facing eviction in a campaign code-named “re-ordering the town” to be launched this week.

More than 60 kiosk operators in Hoima municipal council are facing eviction in a campaign code-named “re-ordering the town” to be launched this week.
 
This comes after the municipal council last month passed a resolution of evicting all the kiosks operators and gave them a one-month ultimatum that ended on Saturday.
 
Several kiosks are in the taxi and bus parks, Fort Portal road, Hoima barracks yard and extreme ends of Hoima public primary school among others areas.
 
The kiosks, both wooden and metallic, deal in air-time, electronic appliances, clothes, and beverages among others.
 
Marry Grace Mugasa, the municipal mayor says the kiosks have congested the town causing poor physical planning.
 
She says the authorities would go by the council resolution adding that they are starting evictions on Monday.
 
Mugasa says that the municipal council has nowhere to re-locate the operators because they illegally erected the structures in the town.
 
Mugasa says much time has been given to the operators to prepare themselves noting that they would not listen to any demands any more.
 
She says the municipal authority would use their law enforcement officers and police to effect the eviction.
 
This is the second time the authorities have tried to evict kiosk operators from the town.
 
In 2011, Hoima town council under the leadership of Francis Atugonza did not register any success after the vendors engaged law enforcement officers in running battles. This forced Atugonza to halt the exercise on grounds that the technical department was carrying it out without informing him as a political head.
 
The vendors are not happy with the ultimatum saying the decision to evict them is unfair.
 
Hajji Mustapha Baguma, the vice chairman of the Hoima Kiosks Operators says though they do not deny the municipal directives, they should be given an alternative place to do their businesses.
 
Baguma expressed concern that the exercise is being hurriedly done adding that they needed at least two to three more years to sort out themselves and leave the place.
 
He says they are going to petition the office of the mayor to be given more time to leave the place.
 
Joan Nsugwa, a kiosk operator says the mayor should also listen to them since they pay tax to the municipal council.