Wobulenzi Vendors' Eviction Halted

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The Luweero deputy Resident District Commissioner Margaret Kivumbi suspended the eviction on tuesday while meeting over 100 vendors and town council officials at Water offices compound in Wobulenzi over the notice that was issued and petition of the vendors to her over the matter.

The eviction of Wobulenzi roadside vendors  has been suspended again.

The suspension on Tuesday came shortly after the vendors defied the order and protested the relocation zone describing it as a  ‘death trap zone’.

The Luweero deputy Resident District Commissioner, Margaret Kivumbi, told the vendors on Tuesday, that the relocation has been suspended.

Joseph Ssebudde, the town clerk issued a notice ordering the vendors to live the roadsides, to decongest and restore order in the town. He argued that presence of the vendors on the roadside, was a cause for the endless wrangling between the traders and the vendors.

But the vendors defied the notice and petitioned the RDC over the eviction. They argued that the area where the town council wants to relocate them is less attractive to customers because of its remoteness.

In the heated meeting RDC Margaret Kivumbi said that the eviction notice was issued without consultation and needed time to be implemented. She accused that the town council of working in haste and ordered the vendors  back on the streets.

She ordered the exercise be postponed until 1st November 2011, to give vendors a chance to reorganise and resettle.

Vendors vowed not to leave the streets unless the council proposes another safe site and accessible place in the town or else they will go on streets and strike .

But the town clerk Joseph Ssebudde says council will not hesistate to kick the vendors off the streets forcefully.

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.