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VENDORS OCCUPY KABALE CENTRAL MARKET

By Van Deguras

KABALE: Hundreds of vendors on Tuesday flocked Kabale Central Market in Kabale Municipality as officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Kabale Municipal Council kicked off the distribution of stalls amid tight security.

The 23 billion shillings market has been under construction since 2019 by Chong Chuing International Construction (CICO), a Chinese based company under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III.

According to Prosy Tuhirirwe, the program assistant community development officer in the Ministry of Local Government, who was in charge of distributing stalls, they have started with vegetable dealers and the process has commenced well.

Tuhirirwe said vendors have been given an ultimatum of 90 days to start making use of stalls once they occupy the market saying whoever shall not adhere to the given guidelines, the stall will be allocated to another trader who is ready and willing to do it.

Speaking to UGReports, Keishiki Enid Medius, a vegetable dealer, Julius Turinawe, a fresh fruits dealer among others expressed excitement upon assuming stalls, hoping to start operating in a good environment.

They said that they hope for the increase in sales of their business to earn a living and improve their household income.

Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the mayor of Kabale Municipality commenting about tightening security, said that the market is incorporated with the police post which has officially started working on Tuesday to man vendors’ property.

Byamugisha revealed that the market will accommodate 1022 vendors and that the exercise will end on Friday this week.

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