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MUSEVENI SUSPENDS LEADERSHIP OF KCCA MARKETS

By Our Reporter

KAMPALA: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has suspended the interim leadership of all markets in Kampala in a bid to restore sanity there.

This was during a meeting with the officials led by Prime Minister, Robinah Nabanjja at statehouse Entebbe to follow-up the issues of KCCA markets on Thursday.

The President noted that the leaders of the vendors had also become exploiters of the vendors they were supposed to represent by turning their leadership positions into offices from where they earn a living.

The President narrated that some time back, during his interaction with members of a Co-operative Society, he had had similar complaints where the leaders exploited the members.
During the meeting, the President directed that KCCA should deal with the vendors directly without going through a third party.

He also directed that KCCA should take over the administration of all the government markets in the City and that no vendor should occupy more than one stall in the market.

It was agreed that the vendors should pay KCCA a reasonable periodic fee (either monthly or annually for the stalls/Lock-ups they occupy.

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Utilities like Power and Water will be paid for by the Vendors themselves and that Umeme should be requested to provide Yaka meters to the users of electricity. It was also noted that NWSC was already providing pre-paid meters where the vendors pay for the water they use.

KCCA will take over the responsibility of garbage collection, maintaining and cleaning toilets using the funds the vendors will be paying for the stall/lock-ups.

On the distribution of the work spaces, the existing vendors in the government markets will be given priority on the basis of one Vendor per Stall.

On Lock-ups, it was noted that the practice was that one Lock-up was being operated by more than one person. It was agreed that if a lock-up is being run by more than one person, all the operators in the said lock-up will be considered as a group. They will jointly pay for the periodic rent of the Lock-up.

On Kiseka Market, after noting that KCCA was putting slabs on the floor, it was agreed that the Vendors who were operating in Kiseka Market should be the ones allowed to use the place after the works were completed.

The President further guided that KCCA should plan for at least two markets in each of the 5 Divisions of Kampala, and one Skilling Centre per Division.

On assenting to the Market Bill, it was noted that there were some clauses that created partnership between KCCA and the Vendors in the running of the Markets.

The President guided that the said bill should be returned to Parliament so that it is harmonized with what had been agreed upon in the meeting on the markets.

In her submission, the Minister for Kampala, Hajjat Minsa Kabanda reported that a Cabinet Paper incorporating some of the issues that had been agreed upon at the meeting had been prepared and was due for discussion at the next Cabinet meeting on 21st November, 2022.

The meeting was also attended by the State Minister for KCCA Affairs, the Executive Director, KCCA, the RCC Kampala City, the Mayor Kampala Central and Mobilisers from the Markets

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