By Denish Ongora (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mayor of Lira city East Division has accused Lira city law enforcement officers of receiving bribes from street vendors to prolong their stay on the streets.
Geoge Okello Ayo said this is frustrating their efforts to remove street vendors from the streets.
Ayo said they are considering other strategies to evict street vendors from the streets.
Some of the plans by Lira city East division for financial year 2022/2023 financial year to develop Lira main market include; opening more entrances, rehabilitating drainage channels, installing the market leadership, and vendors to take up payment of utility bills.
Lira city east division collects only 20 million shillings from the main market which cannot support payment of utility bills, a reason the division has shifted the burden to vendors.
Okello Ayo also said they plan to operationalize Ireda, Kamswhili and Kitgum stage markets to decongest the main market.
Lira city Principal Law Enforcement officer Simba Omule declined to comment on the matter.