Soroti City Market Vendors Finally Move Into New Central Multi-billion Market

By Nathan Eyagu




Market vendors in soroti city have started moving into the new central city market after a long duration of time.


The vendors who were led by different market section representatives were left joyous and excited as they carried their goods inside the new market.


The ongoing exercise that started on the 05th Tuesday and continues till 07th Thursday also left out several vendors after they failed to acquire market stalls and lock ups even after their names had come out.


Rose Amwano, an elderly vendor who has spent more than ten years selling food stuff in the market cried out to the people who were around her after she was told to vacate the stall that she was in.


“Am I not a person, why would you want to kick me out of the stall I chose to be in, I also have a family to feed please let me be,” she said as she wept in front of the public.


A section of women who sell fresh fruits also cried after they were asked to move to the roof top, a location they described as not being convenient since customers can’t easily access them and also open without any roof.


“What am I going to do, I have lost the space I was given at first, I spent the whole day moving around the market my kid hasn’t eaten too and I have a big family, these people are unfair,” a woman whose name was withheld cried out.


Damali Asekenye, the project support officer of the market project told the media that the exercise was moving on well saying they have so far managed to settle about 1,350 vendors. She said they started on Tuesday 05th with sections of fresh foods, dry fish, chicken and butcheries and continued with other sections and will end on Thursday 07 with all the vendors entering into the spaces allocated to them.


“The market is going to accommodate about 1,752 vendors, we haven’t recorded and serious issues yet except for one old lady who got two stalls on the upper floor on the side of produce B but she later on moved down to fresh foods stall and put up her things on some one else’s stall but after we tried to ask her for her document, she ended up complaining seriously but as we talk now everything is good.” Asekenye said


She also said the process was transparent because people chose numbers randomly as per that given section and the number one picks is the lock up that person goes to.


She also denied claims of bribery in her office and rumors that Indians were also allocated spaces in the market.


The market took about 23 billion Uganda shillings loan got from the African development bank through the ministry of local government under the MAPTIP 2 program where the vendors will be charged after two months when evaluations of the businesses are done.

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