By Moses Alinda
ARUA: Street vendors operating in Arua Central Division have unanimously rejected the proposal to be relocated to the gazetted markets by Arua central division authorities.
The relocation sites are Arua main market, social centre market, gaga textile market and a market in Kirabu along Onduparaka road.
During the meeting with street vendors from Onzivu Street, market lane, duka road, Lemerijoa and Idi Amin road at central division headquarters on Wednesday, the leadership of the street vendors rejected the proposal of being relocated to the gazetted markets.
Dramani Rasul the chairman Duka road street vendors said street vending has accommodated a number of the youth who have studied but not employed.
He further said after the construction of the market the indigenous people never received their stalls back and were given to other people a reason as to why they were on streets.
Abdurrahman Agusto the chairperson Idi Amin road and Lemerijoa road said their being off street as vendors has helped in improving the security in the area since previously wrong doers used to camp in such places.
He said such streets had been abandoned by people for fear of being attacked by wrong doers but with the existence of the vendors in place they have been able to eliminate criminals from their hideouts.
He further said the two streets have over 1000 youth operating various businesses and if taken to the social centre market it is surrounded by the army barracks and police headquarters where their life may be in danger in case of any attack.
Obeti Robert the chairperson of market lane said the reason as to why they don’t want to leave the street is because they are looking at the population which provides a ready market.
Meanwhile Iman Hassan the chairperson of Onzivu Street vendors said the vendors have vowed not to go anywhere since when they were constructing the market they never considered them.
He further said Onzivu Street had become a place where people would dump garbage and ease themselves and with their settlement as vendors it improved the health of the lane.
The concern to resettle vendors from streets comes days after the vendors in the new main market threatened to leave the market and operate in a private land.
Arua central town clerk Isaac Wanje said the position of the council is that they should move to the gazetted markets.
He also warned those who got space in the main market and rejected to move there to do so because as council they have decided to cease and reallocate the spaces to other vendors willing to use them.
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