This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
The Mayor says a smooth transfer would avoid any unwelcomed friction between the municipality and the traders.
Recently, the Mayor issued a local Order No. 04 /2014, directing Omoliha market dwellers to transfer to Torit Model market without any resistance in 14 days.
Operators of shops, beauty salons, groceries and restaurants east of Omoliha Market adjacent to Hai Batari have been affected by the order.
Lobali urges the community to allow the transfer to go on uninterrupted, saying it is a decision of the State Council of Ministers.
During a meeting with Somali traders led by Mr. Hassan Ali Farah, the mayor encouraged them to continue with their usual businesses operations but said the transfer still holds and will be gradual as he asked for full cooperation.
The business community representatives requested the Mayor to extend the transfer from 14 days to six months which they said would enable them to complete transfer of bulky goods to the new storage facilities which they would have to build.
Citing a number of goods currently still at the borders of South Sudan’s Nimule, Tseretenya and Nadapal points to Torit capital, Ali strongly appealed for six-month extension.
Lobali welcomed the visit of the business committee but maintained the Order must at least be respected. He instead assured the traders of his office’s commitment to protect their goods from any damages.
Traders last week rejected the hasty mayoral order demanding their immediate relocation to the new market in a period of 14 days.