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ARUA VENDORS PROTEST OVER GISO

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: The meeting between Arua central division authorities with the street vendors on Wednesday evening ended prematurely after the vendors accused the area GISO of taking their photos.

The chairperson of market lane vendors Robert Obeti accused Milton Maliamungu of taking his and other vendors photos and he demanded that he deletes them but the GISO refused.

They also accused Maliamungu of not translating the exact information they were speaking to the town clerk who does not understand Lugbara.

This caused commotion which caused the meeting to end prematurely as the vendors protested the taking of their photos by the GISO who is not a journalist.

The meeting followed the demolition of the vendors’ stalls on Onzivu Street by the division’s authorities on Tuesday night which the traders protested.

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But Obeti said that they have learnt that one of the tricks council is using is to demolish their stalls at night but they are ready to protect them in case the council authorities insist on demolishing them.

He added that said their families rely on the businesses they operate from their stalls which they are not ready to loose.

Miria Driwaru, a street vendor expressed disappointment with the central division team since the meeting with it didn’t yield the expected fruits which she blamed on what he termed as the disorganisation that was exhibited by the team during the meeting.

The vendors also accused the division’s political wing of protecting individuals basing on tribes, religion among other sectarian lines.

Although none of the politicians from the division was around, the town clerk Isaac Wanje revealed that the politicians had gone for a burial in Mvaradri revealing that another meeting would be called soon to sort out the issues.

The meeting attracted traders operating along Onzivu Street, market lane, Idi Amin road and Lemerijoa road among others.

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