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Gulu vendors enraged over new market

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By Cissy Makumbi & Sam Lawino

Posted  Sunday, December 15  2013 at  02:00

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The traders say the temporary location they were sent to has affected their business negatively.

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Gulu- Delayed completion of Gulu Main Market has enraged vendors, accusing the contractor of causing them huge losses at the temporary site they were moved to in order to pave way for construction.

The Ministry of Local Government and Gulu Market Vendors’ Association signed a memorandum of understanding in 2010 for construction of a multi billion shilling main market in the town.

The first phase of the market was to be completed and handed over to the vendors in October but that has not happened.
The contractors, Dott Services, are still far from completing the first phase.
More than 2,000 vendors were relocated to the new site at Kakanyero and Kaunda Grounds to pave way for construction of the new market.

Vendors say the delayed completion of the market has forced many of them to abandon business while others say they have lost customers.

“We incur high costs in transporting our products to the temporary market and for storage facilities, because we cannot leave them in the open for fear of them being stolen,” said Ms Santa Okello, who trades in motor spare parts.

Vendors say they used their money to level the two relocation sites, where they are operating yet the Local Government ministry released Shs84m to instal a water place, fence, drainage system, stalls and electricity.

“They were supposed to hand over the first phase of the market in October, but they have not. The temporary site has no basics,” Mr Geoffrey Obama Opiya, the chairperson of the vendors’ association says.
Gulu Mayor George Labeja called on the vendors to be patient.

“The additional work has caused the contractors not to finish the work on time but we are sorry for that,” he said.

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