Soroti Market Vendors Protest Tax Hike

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According to the traders, the levies have been increased from 500 shillings per day to 3000 and 10,000 shillings respectively depending on the nature of business.

 Traders in Soroti market have protested the increment in dues by the municipal authorities.

The dues have increased from 500 shillings per day to 3,000 and 10,000 shillings respectively per month depending on the nature of business.

The traders who were initially operating from Soroti Main Market were early this year relocated to one of the open places within Soroti Sports Ground to pave way for the construction of the modern market with funding from African Development Bank-ADB. 

Grace Apolot, one of the vendors protesting high taxation explains that they were earlier asked to construct their own lockups and stalls to operate their businesses for free while waiting for the final completion of the main market.

"We are protesting these taxes because how come the authorities have again changed so fast, yet we still don't have customers," Apolot said.

Wilson Okello, another trader told URN that they cannot pay high taxes without getting benefits. He also says that the increment was done without prior notification.

"Right now, some vendors have reportedly opted to operate from outside the market, to avoid the dues which they say do not match their revenues," Okello explained.

George William Eriebat, Chairperson Soroti market vendors noted that since the vendors are in a temporal place, they shouldn't be taxed.

He says that they plan to meet with the municipal authorities on Saturday over the matter.

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