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Lira traders contest relocation amidst COVID-19 pandemic

By Hudson Apunyo

Added 10th June 2020 12:18 PM

Anna Okwir, former Chairperson of the traders Association says some of their colleagues who got plots on the contested land want to occupy their plots.

Lira traders contest relocation amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Beehive of activity by traders in Lira town. Photo by Hudson Apunyo

Anna Okwir, former Chairperson of the traders Association says some of their colleagues who got plots on the contested land want to occupy their plots.

PROTESTS       TRADERS        LIRA 

Traders along Awangemola Road in Lira town have protested a move by Lira Municipal Council to relocate them to Railways Division as a way of reducing congestion on the busy street in Lira town.

In their petition to the office of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Lira, the traders claimed the move was taken before issuing a formal communication.

Anna Okwir, former Chairperson of the traders Association says some of their colleagues who got plots on the contested land want to occupy their plots.

Some of the traders at work in Lira town. Photo by Hudson Apunyo
Some of the traders at work in Lira town. Photo by Hudson Apunyo

Santa Mura, a trader says they fear thieves in the new location and the long distance from city centre which could lead to the spread of Coronavirus.

Esther Akullu, another dealer says the structures in the new place will not be enough for all the traders since the place is under contention with Civila Aviation Authority.

Traders in Lira town. Photo by Hudson Apunyo.
Traders in Lira town. Photo by Hudson Apunyo.

Paska Achola says she has paid rent for one full year and only spent six months. She says they are not going to that place unless they are given ample time to prepare to build stores in that place.

The contested place was temporarily given to the traders to relocate and pave way for tarmacking Awangemola Road under USMID project.

 

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