allocation of space to vendors in the newly constructed Arua Market in Arua
City has kicked off. The 28 Billion Shillings market is one of the several markets
countrywide that were constructed under the Markets and Agricultural Trade
Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) – a multi-million dollar project supported by
the Government and the African Development Bank.
The market, which will accommodate about 4,000 vendors, will house food stalls,
bars and restaurants, banks, clinics, salons, fruit and vegetable stands,
butcheries and a daycare centre.
works kicked off in February 2018 but stalled due to the outbreak of covid-19.
the Ministry of Local government commenced the allocation of stalls and pitches
to vendors who were registered and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
the Ministry between 2010 and 2016. According to records, 400 Fish Mongers and
Butchers have so far been allocated space.
Some of the
vendors have expressed excitement at the commencement of the allocation of
space in the new market saying they have suffered enough and need to move into
their new market to start working.
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Herbert Odama the Peach and Stall Allocation Chairman said
there are not many challenges in the allocation of space since some of the stalls and pitches are more than the number of registered vendors.
Odama the allocation exercise will last two weeks, adding that any other
unregistered vendors may also benefit from the unoccupied stalls,
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Karungi Senior Program Officer in charge of Community Development in MATIP said
they are set to allocate over 3,500 spaces to vendors.
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According to information from Arua
City Finance Department, the Ministry of Local Government has guided that the vendors be given two months’ grace period and they start to pay revenue to the