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Vendors Abandon Kyazanga Market Over Filth

Jawaduh Muwonge, the Chairperson Kyazanga Market Trader’s Association, says the poor sanitation in the market is forcing traders on the streets.

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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.  

//Cue in; “Akatale ekisooka….   

Cue out.….ndwadde waka.”//

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 environment

//Cue in; “Obuzibu bwetulina…

Cue out….tetusula mu katale.”//  

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.   

//Cue in; “Mulimu obunafu…

Cue out….kasasiro mu katale.”//

Notably, Kyazanga market is still operating under semi-permanent structures with some vendors operating from temporary stalls.                      

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