Monday June 9 2014

Women traders accuse town officials of sexual harassment

By Frank Jean Okot


A section of female vendors in Lira Town have threatened to protest alleging that some municipal council officials demand sex from them before allocating them stalls at the newly constructed main market.

Ms Molly Akullo, the vice chairperson of a group, told the Daily Monitor last week that several members have registered complaints accusing town authorities of demanding sex.

“Most elderly and widowed vendors are at a loss since they do not know what to do. We can neither give in to such demands nor afford to lose business spaces at the new market,” Ms Akullo said.

“We have nothing to do apart from demonstrating to show our grievances because sex is currently being demanded from some of us daily through phones calls and face-to-face talk over the stall,” she added.

Lira main market, located on Obote Avenue, was given to an Arab contractor to build at a cost of Shs26 billion.
It is expected to accommodate more than 3,000 vendors when completed.

The deputy mayor, Mr Johnson Dengi Okwi, said he was shocked about the allegations, but “I am not aware, no complaint has reached my office”.