Nebbi Street Vendors Face Eviction as Municipality Pursues Urban Improvements

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In 2016, the Nebbi Municipality Council conducted a similar eviction of street traders due to security concerns, resulting in several vendors losing their businesses.
In 2016, the Nebbi Municipality Council conducted a similar eviction of street traders due to security concerns, resulting in several vendors losing their businesses.
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The Nebbi Municipality Council has issued an ultimatum to kiosk owners and food vendors operating within the Central Business District (CBD), instructing them to vacate the area. This decision affects traders situated along Pithua Road, Uringi Road, Nebbi-Alwi-Pakwach Road, and within the market square. These traders had established unauthorized structures such as lock-ups, wooden stalls, and eateries along the walkways without obtaining approval from the Municipality’s physical planning unit.

Geoffrey Ngeriker, the Mayor of Nebbi Municipality, clarified that the eviction of kiosk owners aims to clear the way for the installation of street lights, walkways, and the construction of a drainage system along the 33-kilometer Alwi–Nebbi Town road. This road project is currently under construction by the China Railway 18th Bureau group. Ngeriker advised the affected traders to consider relocating to the new lorry park along Nebbi-Arua road and Abindu market.

However, some kiosk owners interviewed by local press expressed concerns about the impact of the eviction on their businesses and livelihoods. They urged the municipal authorities to reconsider their decision. Joshua Kumakech, a kiosk owner at Pakwach stage in Nebbi Town, argued that the proposed lorry park lacks customers, as the municipality council failed to attract traders to occupy it. Another trader, Dickson Masendi, called upon the municipal authorities to grant them more time to relocate, citing the associated costs.



Currently, various walkways in Nebbi Town are occupied by kiosks, makeshift food stalls, and merchandise ranging from shoes to second-hand clothes.

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In 2016, the Nebbi Municipality Council conducted a similar eviction of street traders due to security concerns, resulting in several vendors losing their businesses.



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