Wobulenzi Vendors Protest Relocation To "Death Trap"

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Over 100 roadside vendors in Wobulenzi have protested the town council proposal to relocate them to a new market site, claiming that the area is a death trap where scores have been knocked dead by over-speeding vehicles.

Over 100 roadside vendors in Wobulenzi have protested the town council proposal to relocate them to a new market site, claiming that the area is a death trap where scores have been knocked dead by over-speeding vehicles.

The town council is planning to relocate the vendors to new place, which is far off the town. The vendors are dealing in agricultural produce and are mainly farmers from nearby villages of Wobulenzi town council. The vendors have operated their businesses on roadside for more than 10 years.

Joseph Ssebudde, Wobulenzi town clerk says the vendors were trading in the middle of the road, which put them at risk of accidents. He adds that the vendors also create planning problems in the town. Wrangles had erupted between vendors and shop owners with the latter accusing the former of blocking customers from entering their shops.

Ssebudde says that the town has spotted a spacious area off Wobulenzi town in Luzzi zone on the Luweero-Kampala highway, where they will be relocated very soon to decongest the town. But the proposal has not been welcomed by the vendors.

Ssebowa Matovu, a cabbage seller says that the new market site is located on slope and scores of people have died in the place as they cross the road to another side. He explains that because the area is on slope and there are few people, vehicles and motorcycles drive at high speed leading to high number of accidents.

He notes that the place is also located outside town, which will discourage customers from the town from accessing the venue and this will affect the vendors’ earnings.

Another vendor, Irene Nakitto says that the new site lacks enough space to accommodate all the vendors and warned town council officials against implementing the proposal.
 
Early this month the town council tried to evict over 200 roadside vendors but the vendors protested, forcing officials to backtrack.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.