Breaking

Ambercourt Market Vendors Restless over Lack of Land Title

Ambercourt market occupies 4.5 acres of land belonging to the Ministry of Defence. But following discussions between Jinja municipality, the Ambercourt market vendors and officials from the Ministry of Defence in 2018, it was resolved that the said land would be transferred to the vendors to allow them to develop the market.

Audio 2

More than 3,000 Vendors at Amber Court Market in Jinja district are restless over the lack of a land title for their market. The vendors have waited for 10 years, with the hope that the government could fulfil its pledge of leasing 4.5 acres of the land on which the market sits to construct permanent stalls.

Irene Kanyongo, a trader in Ambercourt market says that on two occasions in 2011 and 2016, some donors gave the vendors 500 million Shillings to facilitate the construction, an offer they had to forego due to the lack of a land title. The vendors are not allowed to make any permanent developments on the land.

//Cue in; “The land title...

Cue out...are still here.”//

Ambercourt market occupies 4.5 acres of land belonging to the Ministry of Defence. But following discussions between Jinja municipality, the Ambercourt market vendors and officials from the Ministry of Defence in 2018, it was resolved that the said land would be transferred to the vendors to allow them to develop the market.

The market chairperson, Ayub Kitamirike says that in 2016 the vendors were temporarily evicted by the Ministry of Defence on suspicion that they wanted to grab the land. But after a meeting between the ministry, Jinja municipality and the vendors, the traders were allowed to use the land with a commitment that it would be leased for them.

Kitamirike is concerned that five years down the road, the process is still pending.

Lusoga//Cue in; “Nze nga chairman...

Cue out...answer nkaali kugifunha."//

Muzamir Dhikusooka, a fresh fruits vendor in Ambecourt market says that the absence of a title has left the market in bad shape. The vendors’ merchandise is placed on a very unhygienic ground, which no shelter to protect food items from sunlight, predators and strong winds.

He says that thieves, birds, stray animals, the scorching sun, rains and strong winds all come with shocks to the vendors and often leave them at a loss.

Mpummudde Division Town Clerk Mercy Kyangwa, says that the agreements made at the meeting have to go through another lengthy process before the land is leased to the vendors. Part of the process is security a formal endorsement from the Ministry of Defence, which has not been delivered yet.

Keywords