Hardware Dealers Protest Impending Eviction From Town Center

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She argued that hardware dealers are only licensed to operate shops but not stores, which many of them have.

Hardware dealers in Hoima town are protesting a proposal by the municipality to relocate them from the central business district. On Tuesday Hoima Municipal council passed a resolution to have hardware dealers out of the town center starting with Main Street. The resolution followed complaints by the Mayor Grace Mary that the municipality was losing out on revenue.
 
She argued that hardware dealers are only licensed to operate shops but not stores, which many of them have. She said some dealers have stores occupying so many rooms that would be licensed for other businesses to enable council generate more revenue.
 
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Council unanimously resolved to have the dealers outside the town center. However, some hardware dealers interviewed by URN say that unless the municipality gazettes for them some free space in the town, they will not move an inch. They claim that no prior warning was given to them before the decision to relocate them was reached. Joshua Kiiza, the proprietor of a hardware shop on Wright Road in the heart of Hoima town, wonders where the municipal council gets the guts to evict them yet hardware shops are found even on busy roads in Kampala.
 
He vows not to leave his business premise unless the municipal council avails him a house outside the town center free of charge. But as others protest, some dealers especially Indians have already shifted to areas of Kiryatete.  Raj enterprises and King star, the largest hardware shops in town have already shifted from Main Street to Kiryatetete. However, it is not clear when the resolution will be implemented. Andrew Kibwota, the town Clerk Hoima town pledges to first study and analyze the issue before implementing the resolution.
 
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Hoima municipal council is doing poorly in local revenue collection. Records indicate that only a few months to the end of the financial year, revenue collection stands at 34%.This is far below last financial year's performance of 62%