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Kasese, Soroti Market Vendor Resettlement Exercise Postponed to Next Week :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kasese, Soroti Market Vendor Resettlement Exercise Postponed to Next Week

The exercise involves a meeting of key stakeholders including municipal council technical staff, head of sections in the market and allocation of space to the vendors.
In an Interview with URN reporter on Tuesday, the Kasese Municpality Town Clerk Isiah Twesigye said vendors may start using the market early next month

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The Ministry of Local Government has postponed the vendor resettlement exercise for Kasese and Soroti markets to next week.

The exercise involves a meeting of key stakeholders including municipal council technical staff, head of sections in the market and allocation of space to the vendors.

In a letter addressed to the Acting Town Clerk Soroti and the town clerk Kasese and copied to other stakeholders, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Ettedu JJ Geoffrey says that they were forced to postpone the exercise because of the swearing-in ceremony of the President Museveni and Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

He says they made consultations and found it reasonable to postpone the activities to avoid interruptions in the process.

"After consultations, the exercise has been postponed to Monday 17th for both Soroti and Kasese Markets.”  reads part of the letter.

Kasese town clerk, Isiah Twesigye confirmed to URN reporter on Tuesday having received communication.

He says with two public holidays it means they could not complete the exercise in the designated one-week schedule but also it could have disorganized their planning. 

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Twesigye says the vendors will be arranged according to the products they sell- and space will be allocated using random picking of a paper marked with a stale or lock up number. 

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Moses Otimong, the Acting City Clerk in Soroti says the postponement of the date of resettlement is timely to allow them to conclude with verification of vendors.

He says once fully occupied the market, will contribute 780 Million Shillings revenue for Soroti City annually, compared to 30 Million Shillings that Soroti Municipality was collecting from the market before.  

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Paul Omer, the interim Mayor of Soroti City says the delay in the resettlement of vendors was caused by the confusion at the Ministry of Local Government.  

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Wilson Wahemba the Chairperson of Kasese Central Market traders say they are patient with the exercise.

The two markets are part of several others put across the country under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) – a multi-million-dollar project supported by the Government and the African Development Bank. 

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