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ARUA VENDORS ABANDON GOV’T MARKET OVER HIGH FEES

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: Vendors in Arua main  market in Arua city have resolved to abandon the main market which was constructed by the government citing high tenancy fees.

The development coms after a meeting for the vendors and the minister for local government that had been called by office of city town clerk on Friday morning flopped after the minister failed to show up.

This left the vendors stranded at the mayors garden as the relevant offices that would attend to their concerns were still closed.

Last month security operatives foiled a peaceful demonstration by the vendors protesting the high fees set by the city authorities for the stalls in the newly constructed market.

Through their leader Nelson Dada, the frustrated vendors accused the leaders of allegedly dodging them and vowed not to pay the fee but to instead leave the market.

John Anguyo, a vendor in the market says the arrangements to get private land where to establish a new market are in final stages.

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The vendors are only waiting for the minister and in case he fails to meet them, they will proceed to their new private market and join the others who are already operating there.

However Herbert Odama, the chairperson allocation committee in the market blames the problem on what he terms as cheap politics and tribalism that he says are hampering revenue collection in the market.

He claims that people who are not even vendors are the ones championing the divisions in the market.

But Faida Gloria, a vendor in the market blames the problem in the market on selfishness among the political leaders in the city.

Last month vendors in Arua main market gave the city authorities an ultimatum of one week to handle their issues or else they demonstrate.

This is the 3rd time the minister for local government is postponing his visit to Arua.

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