Some of the vendors and traders have raised complaints of double allocation of space, mismatches between names and allocated stall numbers, and missing names among others. They are also accusing some leaders of manipulating the process.
A handful of traders have so far entered the new market
More than 120
traders have petitioned the Kasese municipal council authorities through an appeals committee challenging their relocation to the new Kasese Modern Central Market.
The market is one of the several structures that were 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 is built to accommodate about 800 vendors in 467 stalls and 311
The relocation exercise started last week, with traders occupying spaces reserved for food stalls, restaurants, salons, fruit and vegetable stands,
and butcheries, among others. But some of the vendors and traders have raised complaints of double
allocation of space, mismatches between names and allocated stall numbers, and missing names among others. They are also accusing some leaders of manipulating the process.
Josephine Babirye, one of the vendors says that the traders were not much involved
both in the structural development of the facility and the relocation
plans. She adds that the size of the allocated stalls is too small to handle
Earlier, Kasese municipality announced that an independent space allocation committee had been put in place to ensure that all the vendors in the old market would be given priority in the new market. Isaiah Twesigye, the Kasese Municipal Town Clerk says the committee will review all complaints this week before the authorities start resettling other categories of
He says there
is a laid down procedure on handling the appeals advising traders to avoid persons
who pushing them to seek legal redress. Twesigye
adds that the committee was approved by the ministry of local government.
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clerk says they have given a two month’s holiday to the traders so that they
can fit in the new business environment.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.