Lira Roadside Vendors Defy Municipal Authority

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About 150 roadside vendors who were last week evicted from Lira Municipality on the orders of town clerk are back on the streets. The vendors were evicted on Friday during an operation conducted by the law enforcement personnel along Obote Avenue and Noteber road.

About 150 roadside vendors who were last week evicted from Lira Municipality on the orders of town clerk are back on the streets.
 
The vendors were evicted on Friday during an operation conducted by the law enforcement personnel along Obote Avenue and Noteber road.
 
The municipal officials confiscated vendors’ merchandise for hours before returning it to them with cautions.
 
But less than a week after the eviction, the vendors are back with their normal operations along Obote Avenue and Noteber road that are surrounding the main market which is still under construction.
 
Some of them claim that their businesses have been grounded since they were relocated from the main market to pave ways for construction early this year.
 
Agnes Ajok, a vendor in second hand clothes, says she had failed to acquire a stall at the Coronation Park where vendors were relocated prompting her to begin doing her businesses along the main street.
 
Ajok claimed that she has nowhere to relocate her businesses to apart from the street where she has been operating for the past two months.
 
She says she first stayed home for a month after missing out a space at the new site, saying that the claim that there are vacant stalls at the relocation sites is a lie.
 
Bonny Odongo, a shoe vendor described their eviction as unfortunate and a move towards frustrating their businesses.
 
Odongo, a father of three says he entirely earns a living from his small business adding that he has fears he may get back to the village if evicted again.
 
But Lira municipality town clerk Ambrose Ocen maintains that the vendors should be removed adding that they will soon be having day time law enforcement personnel patrolling along major streets.

Ocen claims that the vendors’ operation along the main streets creates a high risk in case of an accident because of congestion.
 
The town clerk wants all the vendors to go and operate from the three relocation sites including Coronation Park, Taxi Park and Odyek Ejang ground.
 
Bonny Opio Charles, Lira Municipality principal commercial officer, says if the vendors who refuse to leave the streets risk being arrested.

 

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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.