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Opening of Kasese Central Market Delayed

The Kasese Municipal town clerk Isaiah Twesigye says that the relocation exercise has been suspended since the country is still in lockdown.
Kasese Central Market was commissioned last year by President Museveni during presidential campaigns

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The relocation of traders to Kasese Central Market has been halted.  The 16 Billion Shillings Market was expected to be open to traders this week.

Opening of the market was delayed since May when the Ministry of Local Government guided that the occupancy must only be done after a vendor resettlement exercise is completed to eliminate unfairness in the allocation of space.

Though this exercise was completed last month, the market has remained closed with some traders threatening to sue the municipal authorities over the delayed occupation.

The Kasese Municipal town clerk Isaiah Twesigye says that the relocation exercise has been suspended since the country is still in lockdown. He says they have finished the exercise of relocation and they have set up an appeals committee to handle persons with complaints about this process.

However, the appeals committee meetings have also been suspended to avoid crowding.

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Twesigye says that once government lifts the lockdown, authorities will harmonise on when to allow traders in.  He advises those with issues to reach out to the appeals committee than opting for courts of law.

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Edwin Bwambale who has acquired a lock-up in the new market is not convinced with the explanation of the municipal authorities. He argues that other local markets in town have continued to operate within the lockdown period.

Kasese central market is one of the several markets countrywide that was rebuilt under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) – a multi-million dollar project supported by the Government and the African Development Bank.

It will accommodate about 800 vendors operating food stalls, restaurants, banks, clinics, salons, fruit and vegetable stands, butcheries and a day-care centre.  It consists of 467 stalls and 311 lockup shops.

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