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Traders whose shops were demolished to be compensated

Author : Obaj Shago | Published: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chamber of Commerce says it will meet with the Juba City Council over losses traders incurred following demolition of Juba Market.

Simon Akuei, Secretary-General, says they will discuss compensation for traders who have lost their businesses.

He says the Chamber of Commerce will sit down with the municipality to understand how much was destroyed.

Mr. Akuei told Eye Radio’s Dawn show this morning they will consider compensating traders.

“We want to sit down with the Mayor of Juba City Council and we will be able to discuss the way forward – what we can do, especially those who had permanent structures,” Mr Akuei said.

“All these things will have to be considered and will sit down with the officers and the Mayor to see that if they are those who lost their property, they can be identified, and they can be compensated.”

Mr. Akuei said the Chamber of Commerce was not informed about the demolition of Juba Market last Wednesday.

The shops were bulldozed in line with the authorities’ plan to reorganize the city.

Many business owners have condemned the action, saying they were not informed of the demolition in advance. Others said the new area, at Nyakuron, is not good for business as it’s not well-connected with roads.

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