Frank Tumwebaze, the Chairperson on Masaka Market Vendors Cooperative says that the failure by the contractors to complete and hand over the market has frustrated vendors, who are tired of operating in open space.
The Incomplete Masaka Market Structure, which the vendors want to occupy in its current form.
Market vendors are threatening to occupy the incomplete Masaka
In February 2018, the Ministry of Local government under the
second phase of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program-MATIP II
contracted Multiplex and Alshamas, joint venture contractors, to do major
repairs on Masaka Central market at 18.5 Billion Shillings.
The new three-storied market was supposed to be completed in
Frank Tumwebaze, the Chairperson on Masaka Market Vendors
Cooperative says that they are tired of waiting for a project whose completion is at a slow pace.
He argues that the failure by the contractors to complete and hand
over the market has frustrated vendors, who are tired of operating in open
argues that despite the repeated extension of the project contract by almost
two years, the contractors have failed to deliver on the assignment, saying
that it is high time the vendors moved in to occupy the existing structure.
At the moment, the new market structure has been roofed and the contractor is
now painting it before constructing the shades, the lockups, and stalls on
the ground floor.
However, Tumwebaze argues that given their pace of execution of the project,
the remaining work may take the contractor another year to complete the market.
“You may want to recall that all other markets contracted under MATIP II
program were completed and already commissioned as required. We, therefore,
seek immediate intervention in the matter such that we are relieved of the bad
working conditions at the current market site,” the petition to the city authorities partly
Tumwebaze has asked the Masaka City authorities to compel the contractor to
deliver the market before the next rainy season, or else the vendors will move
to occupy the market in its current state.
Betty Nakayiza, one of the affected vendors of Masaka Central Market explains
that the government assured them that they would occupy the market after one
and half years of construction, but to their disappointment, the market has delayed,
and contractors have not been penalized.
Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor says she recently wrote to the
Ministry of Local Government requesting to take necessary action.
Hassan Musana, the project site engineer attributes the delays to the slow
procurement process of materials and the Covid-19 outbreak which affected their
He has called upon the vendors to remain calm, saying that they do not
want to compromise the quality of works just because of the time limitations,
adding that the project will be completed soon.