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Parliament has granted leave to Workers MP Margaret Rwabushaija to
introduce the establishment and management of markets bill, 2019 that will
allow individuals to own and set up markets.
Rwabushaija says the current Markets Act places the vital question of
ownership of land and markets solely in the hands of local, central and the
Government and yet, the constitution places land as a primary factor of
production to Ugandans who have a right to trade, practice their profession
She says the bill proposes remedies such as establishing the Market
Management Committee which shall run the affairs of markets in Uganda, prohibit
the operation of bars and lodges and, the sale of certain types of articles,
goods and foods in the markets.
Rwabushaija says that the bill seeks to include stakeholders like market
vendors, private individuals, and companies that have joined the market
business especially to manage and collect funds from vendors, provide cleaning
and security services and offer credit facilities but are not mentioned in the
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She also hopes that the bill will enhance revenue collection which is
She says the bill aims at expanding markets with a view of promoting
The move is also aimed at solving the street vendors and hawker’s problems,
among others since Uganda’s population is fast growing.
Rwabushaija says there is an increasing number of vendors and the markets
can no longer accommodate the increasing number of vendors and the markets are
also very old and dilapidated.
“There is, therefore, need to provide sufficient space in markets,
enhance the designs and layout of common market vending infrastructures such as
lock-ups, stalls, warehousing, wholesale facilities and restaurants. There is
also a need to provide for private services providers such as banks, clinics,
offices and day-care centres for breastfeeding mothers.” Rwabushaija says.
She also says that the current legislation does not provide for the forum
of dispute resolution given the current spate of market disputes between the
market vendors and the controlling authority, and the new proposal is putting
the chief Magistrates court as final court of appeal.
Charles Bakabulindi the Workers MP says, the current Markets act is
inadequate and does not match up to the current needs of the market
development, management, and administration thereby greatly affecting the
administration and management of markets. He says many Ugandans have and own
land and they need to be empowered to own markets.