Wobulenzi Roadside Vendors Evicted

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Over 200 roadside vendors in Wobulenzi town council in Luweero district have been evicted and their goods impounded for defying the time limit for conducting their businesses.

Over 200 roadside vendors in Wobulenzi town council in Luweero district have been evicted and their goods impounded for defying the time limit for conducting their businesses.

The vendors were evicted today afternoon by the Wobulenzi town council law enforcement officers directed by the assistant town clerk, Irene Nakamatte. The vendors’ goods equipment that including stoves, tables, chairs, umbrellas and kiosks among others were towed to Wobulenzi town council offices.

The assistant town clerk, Irene Nakamatte said that the roadside vendors were ordered to operate between 3pm and 7am to give room to shop owners but they have been conducting businesses throughout the day.

She explained that wrangles had erupted between the traders in the shops and roadside vendors over the attraction of large numbers of customers by the latter. Nakamatte claimed that the vendors also contribute to large heaps of garbage and mismanagement of the town council.

She ordered vendors to occupy the stalls in the market or rent rooms in the town to conduct their businesses. She noted that the vendors will get back their goods after they have accepted to abide by the order.

 But hundreds of vendors stormed the town council protesting the order and eviction. Sam Lubinga, a roadside meat seller told our reporter that they are targeting people on Luweero-Kampala highway and it will be illogical to shift to the market which is far from the road.

He added that they are running businesses of less than 10,000 shillings, which they can’t divert to paying for the stalls in the market or renting shops. He asked the town council to build a permanent roadside market in the town before they evict them.

The roadside vendors sell roasted meat, chapatti, mangoes, groundnuts, clothes among others and they pay 300 shillings per day as taxes to Wobulenzi town council.