Soroti Residents Turn Market Lockups into Residential Places

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At least 39 families have moved into Nakatunya Market in Western Division, Soroti Municipality. One of the residents in Nakatunya Market who occupies two lockups told URN that he decided to move his family there because they are habitable.

Deborah Aturo, one of the marketvendors  who also lives in a lock up,says they now live in the market to protect their goods. She says the marketleaders failed to provide security for their merchandise and this is theirsolution. 


Aturo pointed out that, the authorities areaware of their stay in the market.


Janet Igero, the chairperson of NakatunyaMarket who also doubles as the L.C. 3 Councilor representing Western divisionsays the market was established in 1991. The new market was intended to reducecongestion in Soroti Main Market. Igero says the market has been operating for 23 years. 


Igero says the market has 300 vendors. She acknowledges that she is aware of their illegal stay in the market. 


But Francis Odulai, the chairperson L.C1 of the area says authorities must put a stop to this.  


Peter Masiko, the Town Clerk SorotiMunicipal Council says it is not right for the vendors to turn the market intoa residence. 


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A member of staff Western division officewho declined to be named because they are not authorised to speak to the press reveals that they tried to intervene and were chased away by the vendors.


The  staffer says the matter can no longer be handled by at the division level. Ithas been brought to the attention of the Soroti Municipal Council to act.