Teargas rocks Lira town

Violence broke out in Lira Town this afternoon as police used teargas to disperse traders protesting their eviction from the illegal Coronation Park market.

The Chaos erupted when the law enforcement team destroyed more than 100 kiosks in an attempt to get rid of all the street vendors.

However, this forced traders operating outside the market to turn violent, blocking the road and burning tyres, forcing police to swing in action.

Robert Okello Ayo, Lira Municipal Senior Law Enforcement Officer says they gave several notices to those operating in the illegal markets to vacate but they turned a deaf ear.

Over Shs 28billion secured from the African Development Bank as a loan was sunk into this market but authorities said vendors refused to take up stalls.