Police have blocked Gulu city, Bardege-Layibi division authorities from allocating market space to vendors evicted from the streets. The division authorities led by the Mayor Patrick Oola Lumumba had asked the evicted vendors to converge at an open space along Walter Opwonya road on Tuesday to be allocated market space.
More than 600 vendors trading in different merchandise turned up expecting to acquire space but the exercise ended shortly after heavily armed police officers stormed the area in their patrol vehicles and asked all the people to leave. Earlier, the Bardege-Layibi Division Speaker Robert Komakech had said that the land adjacent to the Gulu ICT Hub would accommodate the evicted vendors so that they resume their businesses.
He said that the decision follows the failure of the authorities to accommodate the vendors in some of the markets within the division, which are filled to capacity.