In 2011, the Ministry of Works and Transport through a donation worth 1.9billion shillings from the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project-LAVEMP, undertook to construct a permanent market in Lukaya town council for hundreds of roadside vendors who operate from the area.
Raphael Magyezi, the Minister of Local Government has finally okayed the utilization of the new
market structure in Lukaya town council, Kalungu district, ten years after
its construction commenced.
In 2011, the
Ministry of Works and Transport, using a donation of1.9billion Shillings
from the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project-LAVEMP, undertook to
construct a permanent market in Lukaya town council for hundreds of roadside
vendors who operate from the area.
The market project
has however remained incomplete and unutilized for the last ten years due to
errors in structural designs and alleged misallocation of resources which led
to vendors rejecting it citing shoddy work.
has instructed the leadership of Lukaya town council to make arrangements of
relocating the vendors into the market after it was reconstructed up to the standard.
injected an extra cost of 2 billion shillings into the same project to correct
the abnormalities and according to Magyezi, the market can now be utilized by
the targeted vendors who have all along been operating by the roadside.
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Cue out; …..mu katake kano.”//
The new Lukaya Market which is comprised of 64 stalls and 25 lockups that will be occupied by traders
dealing foodstuffs that include vegetables, Irish and sweet potatoes, cassava
and both fresh and dried fish whose vendors largely target customers in motor vehicles
traveling on the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway.
and Alex Kiyaga, some of the vendors operating on Kampala-Masaka highway in Lwera
swamp, indicate that the opening of the new market is long overdue, saying they
have long been yarning to secure an organized place where they can operate from.
Nakijoba, they have for so long been operating by the roadside in the open where
they have been at risk of being knocked by speeding vehicles as they pursue