Moroto Central Market was constructed under the government’s Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Program (MATIP), with funding from the Arab Bank of Economic Development in Africa (BADEA). The project, undertaken by Ambitious Construction Ltd was handed over to the municipality on October 17, 2021.
A section of market vendors in Moroto Municipality has boycotted the new Moroto Central Market because of its designs. A number of them say that the design is limiting, with very small stalls and compartments compared to what they had in place before the construction of the multi-billion Shillings facility.
Moroto Central Market was constructed
under the government’s Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Program
(MATIP), with funding from the Arab Bank
of Economic Development in Africa (BADEA). The project, undertaken by Ambitious Construction Ltd was handed over to the municipality on October 17, 2021.
But the vendors say that while they were consulted by the contractor
and Municipal authorities about the designs, the authorities left out all their suggestions and came out with different sizing, which cannot accommodate larger stock for the businesses they are currently running. The new stalls are just about a 1-square meter wide, almost half of the suggested spaces.
Jamillah Nambooze, a vendor who has worked in Moroto for the
last 11-years says she is considering
operating her business outside the market or shifting to the
outskirts of the town centre. Currently, she sells from a
makeshift stall that is about 2-square meters, which she says, allows her to display various foodstuffs as opposed to the small
stalls at the central market built by the government to promote business.
Luganda//Cue in; “Katono, katale kalungi...
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Hussein Samir Kato, another vendor is disappointed about the small size of the stalls and
says he is considering operating his business elsewhere in Moroto rather than
from Moroto Central Market.
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Moroto Municipality Town Clerk Othman Ssebaduka acknowledged that there were changes to
the original design which affected the initial design of the stalls. Sebadduka says that they are still awaiting guidance from the Ministry of Agriculture
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Currently, the facility is under the management of the Moroto
Municipal Council, pending the allocation of the stalls to the vendors. It was built at about 24 billion shillings. Already, the list of vendors has been verified but
the allocation of stalls is still pending.