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ARUA MARKET VENDORS THREATEN TO DEMONSTRATE

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: Vendors in Arua Central Market have given Arua city council an ultimatum of one week to respond to their demands.

During the meeting held on Monday in Arua Main Market, Anguyo John the representative of vendors said, vendors want explanation from the city council as to why their queries they have been raising time and again have not been addressed.

Among the issues is street vending, failure by the council to allocate some of the stalls to the vendors, failure to demolish Owino market among others.

The vendors also want the Central Division Mayor Muzaid Khemis and the Area Member of Parliament Jackson Atima to explain to them whether those operating in the central market are Congolese nationals.

The vendors say if there is no response in one week the next step will be closing the market and going to streets for peaceful demonstration.

Last week, Vendors in Arua Central Market led by their leaders accused the politicians for sabotaging their efforts in fighting unregistered and street vendors.

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Nelson Daada the Chairman Arua Central Market accused city authority both political and technocrats for being against the market leadership in rearranging the market and implementation of guidelines.

This has led to more than 500 stalls in Arua Central Market being abandoned after several traders rejected them on grounds that their customers cannot easily access them.

The traders have since returned to the streets, stifling revenue collection efforts.

Sam Wadri Nyakua the Mayor Arua City said the issues raised by the vendors are being sabotaged by the politicians within the city and promised to inform the ministry about the development.

‘’The issues raised by the vendors are being sabotaged by the politicians within the city, and they will inform the ministry about the development,’’ he said.

The market is supposed to accommodate about 5,500 vendors, but currently has 3,800.

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