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Interim Market Leaders Protest Appointment of Market Masters

Kabanda accuses the interim leaders of failing to account for 697 Million Shillings they receive annually from the government.
23 Sep 2021 20:48
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The interim leaders of 15 markets in Kampala City have petitioned the President protesting the planned appointment of market masters to manage the markets.

Their petition follows a letter written by the Minister of Kampala Hajjat Minsa Kabanda to the Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director, Dorothy Kisaka introducing market masters to manage the markets on behalf of the government.

Kabanda accuses the interim leaders of failing to account for 697 Million Shillings they receive annually from the government.

Late last year, president, Yoweri Museveni directed that government repossess all its markets and abattoirs that had been placed in private hands.

The President said the power struggles in the markets had taken a huge toll on vendors and directed that new leaders be elected. The president, who also accused the various factions in the markets of subjecting vendors to exorbitant fees, suspended all fees collections.

At a press conference held on Thursday at Biraj hotel in Nakasero under their association, Progressive Market Vendors Alliance, Kimuli Faridah the treasurer of Nakasero Market asked the minister not to interfere in the work of the interim committees.

Kimuli accused the old committees of the markets of frustrating the work of the interim committees. She wants the Minister to respect the new committee since they were put in place through a presidential directive.

Jacqueline Kakwenzi, the chairperson of Bukoto market says that the leadership availed accountability of the funds to KCCA.

Muhammad Ssegwanyi, the publicity secretary to the Progressive Market Vendors Alliance accuses Kabanda of disrupting the operations of the markets. He cites USAFI Market where Kabanda instructed a group of youths to occupy land without consulting the market leadership.

Ssegwanyi says that they were appointed legally and that they are ready for free and fair elections. He says that the minister should follow the procedures.

Grace Nyesigye, the Chairperson of the Bugolobi market denied receiving any money from the government.

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When contacted Kabanda maintained that they will appoint market masters to administer the markets on behalf of KCCA for proper management. She says that the masters will file regular reports to the KCCA about the operations of the markets.

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