Kyengera Market Vendors Decline to Pay Dues

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Emmanuel Byekwatso, the Chief Finance Officer Kyengera Town Council, says they are aware of the vendors concerns and are looking forward to finding a lasting solution to roadside vendors.

Traders and vendors in Kyengera Central Market in Kyengera Town Council in Wakiso District have declined to pay market dues until the authorities evict roadside vendors. 



This comes a few days after Kyengera Town Council issued the vendors notices reminding them to effect payment of the market dues.
 

 
According to some of the notices seen by URN, the vendors owe the town council between Shillings 90,000 and 120,000. However, the vendors say they unanimously resolved not to pay the money until the town council evicts their counterparts operating on the roadsides.
 
 
Proscovia Nabayaza, the chairperson of vendors in Kyengera Central Market, says vendors inside the market hardly make any profits because customers buy from those operating on the roadside.
 
 

She says the vendors will not pay any coin to the town council as long as roadside vendors continue to operate illegally.
 
 
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Each vendor is expected to pay Shillings 1000 each and another Shillings 500 to support waste management. However, some of the vendors claim that President, Yoweri Museveni banned the daily levies on all informal business groups, which includes them.
 
 
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The vendors say they will not pay despite the threats of prosecution by the town council authorities until their grievances are addressed.

 
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The vendors have also threatened to mobilise themselves and stage a demonstration should the town council authorities drag any of them to court.
 
 
Emmanuel Byekwatso, the Chief Finance Officer Kyengera Town Council, says they are aware of the vendor's concerns and are looking forward to finding a lasting solution to roadside vendors.

 
He however, says this shouldn't stop the vendors from paying market dues, which council uses to give them services like collecting garbage from the market.
 

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Byekwatso says Kyengera town council struggles to collect trading license fees and market dues, which are the main source of local revenue for the council.  He also said they have never received any directive from the president stopping the collection of market dues as claimed by the vendors.
 
  
"Nevertheless, I think the president never said that they shouldn't be taxed, he however according to media reports suggested an annual consolidated fee in form of a license," Byekwatso said.