There was chaos and grief on 23, Oct, 2021 as the eviction of the Soroti city street venders were evicted. The exercise was carried out by the city law enforcement team and the central market vendors who had complained that the street vendors were making business hard for them as they hard easy access to customers than them who are inside the market.
Property of the street venders was impounded and a bitter exchange of words followed.
“Remove your things or else we shall again break more and eat, you think we don’t need to do business, go away” a local market vendor moving with the city law enforcement team shouted on top of her voice at the street venders who were selling bananas.
” We have families, rent to pay, and group loans, where are we going, you told us to be paying 500 ugx to the city council daily, we did that but today you are forcefully chasing us and eating our bananas, but why” one elderly woman cried out as she struggled to carry a heavy basket of ripe bananas
Agwelu Micheal, a Boda boda cyclist in Soroti city explained that it wasn’t healthy and good to send away the women yet they have been daily paying 500 ugx to the authorities as they try to survive in the city.
Taban one of the city law enforcement officer said that following the outcry from the market vendors blaming the street vendors for taking away customers, they had to mobilize the market vendors together with a team of officers to carry out an eviction exercise.
“In case they don’t get space in the market, they can go to other ward markets like in Moruapesur, Agip, Pamba, and others too as we shall continue with this exercise” he added