The filth in Katwe market in Makindye Division in Kampala has irked vendors, saying it is chasing away their customers. The market is located close to clock tower along the Kampala- Entebbe highway.
According to the vendors, apart from operating in dilapidated the structures, open sewer trenches run through Katwe market. The market is also littered with garbage, polythene bags and leftovers.
Vendors argue that the poor waste management in the market exposes them to hygiene related diseases such Diarrhea, typhoid and cholera. Annet Najjuma, a vendor in the market, says they pay Shillings 2000 each month to the management to clean the market but it is never clean.
Another vendor, who only identified himself as Juma, blames the mess on vendors who dispose of garbage irresponsibly.
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Sarah Nantongo, another vendor in the market wonders why operating on a large piece of land, the market is congested.
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The market is situated on a 2.5 acre piece of land, close to Katwe playground and a Presbyterian church. It accommodates 480 vendors and approximately 110 hawkers.
Richard Mukasa, the chairperson Katwe market, says there is need for Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA to intervene and rehabilitate the market to avoid health challenges.
However, Robert Kalumba, the Deputy KCCA Spokesperson, says the Authority doesn't operate a market in the area.