The market once constructed will help accommodate over 500 vendors currently operating in the daily Karuguza market that is situated in Ruguuza cell, Karuguza town council. The market currently accommodates more than 200 vendors.
Alice Lacwec and Kevin Alimocan all vendors at Tuma Atoo market in Central Division were reportedly evicted after results of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries for division chairpersons were announced.
Three of the roadside markets have already been closed on the directive of the task force after they failed to implement the Standard Operating Procedures aimed at combating the spread of the virus. The affected markets are Balikyejusa, Balikyewunya and Wobulenzi roadside market.
Most of these people would sell fruit salads, trays of eggs, boiled eggs, and packed food during lunch hours and also beverages. Some of the beverages include fermented millet flour drink, locally known as obushera, mixed fruit juice, and sodas among others.
Umar Nsubuga, a vendor of second hand clothes says he gets more customers when he operates on the streets compared to the market. He asks the municipal authorities to halt the plans to force them in the market, saying they can’t afford the rental fees.
Vendors of kinyoro market in lugazi municipality in Buikwe district fight for stalls after the mayor of lugazi launched a new market worth 45 million shillings that was built by the municipality to accommodate all vendors in kinyoro.
Peterson Kakuru Rweyoreka, the Rwanyamahembe Sub county LC 3 Chairperson, says the decision to move the roadside vendors is aimed at ensuring proper sanitation and security in the area. Kakuru says they have tried to sensitise the vendors on best practices in vain.
The application was filed by traders resisting a plan by Mbarara Municipality to relocate them to Mbarara Independence Park to pave way for the construction of a new structure under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program MATIP.
Francis Byabagambi, the Town Clerk Arua Municipality, says the market will be redeveloped under phase II of the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement program- MATIP with funding from the African Development Bank.