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Nakivubo Stadium Takes Over Park Yard Market

Nakivubo Stadium management has taken over the collection of rent fees from Park Yard market vendors.
Nakivubo Stadium management has taken over the collection of rent fees from Park Yard market vendors.

Hajati Minsa Kabanda, the vice chairperson Nakivubo Stadium board, says that the collection of the rent fees from the vendors is contained in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the stadium management and the vendors.

According to the MOU a copy of which URN has seen, the vendors are to pay 10,000 shillings per month while Nakivubo management meets the costs of paying for the security officers, general cleaning of the market and collecting the money.

The MOU signed in June has 27 signatories on behalf of the vendors and the board of Nakivubo.

Kabanda told URN that the collection of money from the vendors has started, adding that the initial collections shall be used to meet the operational costs.

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According to Kabanda, as the collection of rental fees is ongoing, the vendors are also required to register with Nakivubo.

John Bosco Sserwadda, the general secretary Park Yard market, puts the number of vendors in the area at 18,000, adding that some of them are sharing stalls.

According to Sserwadda, the new arrangement acts as a security measure on the side of the vendors as the central government could not just wake up and evict them.

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Jennifer Musisi, the KCCA executive director, earlier this year declared the park yard market illegal.

But reacting to the new arrangement between the vendors and Nakivubo, Peter Kaujju, the head of KCCA public and corporate affairs, says that the Authority shall not interfere with the arrangement insisting that the market is not gazetted and that that its existence remains illegal.

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