Two weeks ago Raphael Magyezi, the Local Government Minister appointed a 25-member committee chaired by the Acting Principal Commercial Officer Joseline Kiconco to carry out a new verification of the previous list of vendors.
More than 300
Mbarara Central Market vendors have missed out on the newly verified list.
Two weeks ago Raphael Magyezi, the Local Government Minister appointed a 25-member
committee chaired by the Acting Principal Commercial Officer Joseline Kiconco
to carry out a new verification of the previous list of vendors.
The committee was given one week to verify and display the lists on the public
notice board for three days. The verified list included the one that was
compiled by officials from the Ministry of local government, Office of the
Resident City Commissioner, Mbarara City Council, and the previous leadership of
the vendors Association.
When the list that has 900 vendors was displayed, some vendors protested that their names were missing.
Swaleh Ayubu Ntaazi, one of the affected vendors says he has been selling in
the market since 1983 and owned a kiosk. He adds that he was registered on all
the lists and signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Government
that his name was deleted from the last list without his knowledge.
“ela maaze embanga…
…abari mukatare wali.”//
Nanyazi another vendor says that she appeared on all the previous lists and was
allocated a lockup, but was told not to pay.
“nyowe nitagara list…
…harimu ebcupuli nikimanyisaki.”//
Mariam Nalweyiso, another affected vendor accused the new leadership of the
vendors of bias.
vendors have petitioned the Mbarara City Traders Association.
Muhumuza, the Acting Chairperson of the Vendors Association, says that the verification
exercise is still ongoing. He called for calm among the vendors who are missing from the new list.
“start on their…
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Seezi, the Chairperson Mbarara City Traders Association says they have
registered over 300 vendors who are protesting being removed from the list.
“we have so far…
…newly constructed structure.”//
Mugisha, the Deputy Town Clerk says the vendors should file their complaint to
the appeals committee that is chaired by the Resident City Commissioner-RCC.
Billion Shillings market constructed under the Markets and Agricultural Trade
Improvement Project (MATIP) with funding from the African Development Bank is a
two-storied facility constructed to accommodate 1000 vendors.