Francis Bongomin, the Chairperson of Elegu Market Vendors Association says the cause of the fire, which started at 3am, is yet to be established. He says a number of traders were injured while struggling to escape the flames while others were fighting to rescue some of their commodities.
On Thursday, angry vendors blocked an attempt by the market leaders to conduct elections of three representatives to a nine man committee to reconstruct the market using the 1 billion shillings donated by President Yoweri Museveni.
A section of the Nakivubo Parkyard Market vendors have accused the leaders of their Kampala United Parkyard Cooperative Savings and Savings Credit Society (KUPYCSO) of being behind the December 4, 2013 market fire.
Police in northern Uganda has urged developers and vendors to include emergency evacuation exits in markets they set up. The call follows the Wednesday morning fire that razed the Nakivubo Park Yard market destroying merchandise belonging to at least 30, 000 vendors.
A day after fire razed down Park Yard market in Kampala, pockets of smoke were visible as well as a thick choking smell of burnt clothes. Visible too, are vendors heckling, requesting for any contribution from passersby as well as lamenting their ordeal.
Vendors in Park Yard have started demarcating space to reconstruct their market, a day after it was destroyed by fire. The early Wednesday morning fire left the over 30,000 vendors counting losses after all their merchandise was reduced to ashes, the third time in four years that the market has been destroyed.