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Ggita Declines to Hand Over Management of Wandegeya Market to KCCA :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ggita Declines to Hand Over Management of Wandegeya Market to KCCA

The team from the Directorate of Gender and from revenue collection was appointed on 15th November. It was supposed to start work on Monday until KCCA conducts elections.
26 Nov 2019 11:50
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The chairman of Wandegeya Market Jonathan Ggita has declined to hand over management of the market to a five-member team appointed by Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.

The team from the Directorate of Gender and from revenue collection was appointed on 15th November.  It was supposed to start work on Monday until KCCA conducts elections.

However, Ggita says that he would not hand over power because the people he represents asked him to keep managing the market. 

Quoting a letter dated 22nd November, Ggita says that more than 400 vendors resolved in a meeting that the Ggita led committee continues leading them until they elect a substantive committee.

Ggita and his committee members were appointed to the leadership by former KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Musisi. According to Ggita, their understanding with KCCA was that they lead the market vendors until an election is conducted.  

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The decision to suspend the Ggita committee and appoint a KCCA team was agreed by KCCA council following multiple petitions to the office of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago against the leadership of Ggita. 

A section of vendors have accused Ggita of denying some applicants working space, overstaying and threatening to arrest his opponents.

The most recent petition was filed to the office of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on 15th September by Mutesasira Mawejje, Mai Nabukenya, and Joseph Kalema. Other petitioners have stormed the office of the lord mayor and the deputy several times.

However, Ggita says that the issue of the market has been politicized. 

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On Monday, a section of vendors in support of Ggita put up writings on the wall declaring their support for Ggita.

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