Soroti Traders Stranded as Law Enforcement Officers Close Shops

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In short
Samuel Mwanika, a law enforcement officer in charge Eastern Division in Soroti municipality, says that they demand 42 million shillings from the owners of the lockups.

More than 100 traders in Soroti Municipality were left stranded after their shops were closed over non payment of ground rent.

The shops located at the Taxi Park were leased out for 15 years and after the expiry of the lease in 2015, they were then reverted back to Soroti municipal council.

Owners of the lockups were then meant to continue paying 50,000 shillings per month to municipal council, as ground rent.

On Tuesday, municipal enforcement officers and the police closed several lockups paralyzing business in the town.

Some of the traders especially women pleaded with the authorities to give them more time to pay the ground rent. They also challenged the municipal authorities to always issue them with notification letters in advance.

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Samuel Mwanika, a law enforcement officer in charge Eastern Division in Soroti municipality, says that they demand 42 million shillings from the traders.

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Moses Otimong, Soroti municipal town clerk also warned that traders against forging receipts purporting to have paid the fees.

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