Market Vendors in Arua City have tasked the City authorities to
train the traders on the usage of facilities in the new Market ahead of its commissioning next month.
The 24 Billion Shillings market was constructed under African
Development Bank funding through the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement
Program-MATIP II. It comprises toilets,
showers, modern oven kitchen, baby care rooms, electricity among others and is
expected to accommodate 4,000 vendors.
Nelson Dada the chairman of General Arua Market Vendors
Association says since most of the vendors have not been used to such
facilities, there is a need for training of all the Vendors on the usage of the
new facilities to avoid misuse when they move to the new Market. Dada also noted
that the vendors are pondering to have at least one exchange visit to already
commissioned markets in Gulu, Lira, Soroti or Mbale to learn on the best practices.
He also says that the vendors will require negotiations with the
City Council to agree on what amount to pay monthly to the council as revenue
for use of the new facility.
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The vendors have
been zoned and allocated according to the items they deal in for easy location
by the customers.
Christopher Daniel Kawesi the Town Clerk Arua City says they will
ensure the Central Business District of Arua City is kept clean and those found
misusing the facility will be punished. Kawesi is however expresses worry about
looming congestion in the new market due to traders from the neighbouring countries
of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.
He adds that due to the overwhelming demand for space from traders
from the neighbouring districts, priority will be given to market vendors,
whose income is moderate.
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Current statistics indicate that the day population in Arua town
is over 800,000 people which puts pressure on the few utilities in the Central
Business District but this reduces to 300,000 at night.