Gulu Market Vendors Express Security Fears

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Okullu says given the terror threats Uganda faces from Alshabab militants anything could have happen at the market unless security is tightened.

Vendors at the newly built Gulu main market have expressed fear over security lax at the market saying it could become a target for terrorists. Gulu main market hosts more than 1600 vendors. The vendors moved into the market early this month from the temporally Kakanyero market following its reconstruction.
 
However, two weeks into business the vendors are accusing Gulu municipality of failing to put in place security measures to screen those entering the market. Joel Okullu is a dealer in electronics. According to Okullu, they are scared of congestion at the market yet no one checks those entering the market.
 
Okullu says given the terror threats Uganda faces from Alshabab militants anything could have happen at the market unless security is tightened. Uganda contributes a large size of troops under the African Union Mission to Somalia.

 
Okullu wants the municipality to secure metal detectors to screen those entering the market. Joyce Loyom, the Vice Chairperson, Gulu Market Vendors Association says they sat with the security committee and proposed the security at the market be tightened. She also says the market is home to several conmen and idlers.
 
George Labeja, the mayor Gulu municipality concurs with the vendors. He says a police has already been set up at the market to tighten security. Labeja advises the vendors to keep a watchful eye as the municipality works to secure the market in the near future.
 
Gulu Main Market was reconstructed with funding from the African Development Bank at the tune of Shs28b. it's meant to accommodate 4,400 vendors.