Hundreds of traders in
Kyazanga town council in Lwengo district have abandoned Kyazanga central market
and relocated to roadsides and streets citing poor sanitation. The vendors are not
selling food, meat, vegetables, fish and other merchandise on the streets.
They spread their merchandise
on the roadsides and streets, which has affected traffic flow and the movement
of pedestrians. Jawaduh Muwonge, the Chairperson Kyazanga Market Trader’s Association,
says the poor sanitation in the market is forcing traders on the streets.
He explains the market lacks proper toilet facilities, is
littered with uncollected garbage, and floods whenever it rains. Muwonge says they have repeatedly cried out to town council authorities
to address the challenges in vain, which prompted vendors to invent their own
ways of survival.
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Halima Namulindwa and Ismail Muleefu are some of the vendors
now operating on the streets. They argue that they can no longer bear with the
filth inside the market, which is now shunned by their customers. They
argue that despite paying market dues
regularly, the town council has failed to provide them a favorable working
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Muhammad Mftimukiza, the Kyazanga Town Clerk partly blames
the mess on the current market leadership, which he says has failed to put in
place a proper garbage management mechanism. He says they are going to
meet with the market leadership to find a lasting solution to the problems.
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Notably, Kyazanga market is still operating under
semi-permanent structures with some vendors operating from temporary stalls.