Friday June 20 2014

Lira vendors demand clear terms before using stalls

By Frank Jean Okot

LIRA- Vendors in Lira Market have threatened to reject the newly-constructed facility unless municipal authorities provide them a criteria to give out stalls.

Speaking during their meeting in Lira Town on Wednesday, the chairperson of the Lira Market Vendors Association, Mr Peter Olwoch, said they want authorities to establish allocation committees to spearhead the business community on measures of maintaining the market and the monthly fees for renting the stalls.

The vendors said no new trader would be given space to transact business and warned that should they try their luck, they would be disappointed.

“Please do not try. Don’t waste your time. You will not get stall. Take this warning very seriously,” the vendors said.

The vendors also demanded that the Town Clerk, Mr Daniel Christopher Kaweesi, attends their meeting scheduled for today.

When contacted yesterday, the deputy mayor, Mr Johnson Okwir, said the stalls would be given basing on the previous list of occupants, adding that they have numbers.

Mr Okwir also warned municipal authorities against receiving bribes from traders.

When contacted, Mr Kaweesi said he would not attend the meeting but urged the traders to remain calm until the market is completed.