Dennis Bugaya, the Buganda Land Board Spokesperson told URN that they have done their assessment and concluded that indeed the place poses a health threat to residents. He says they are making arrangements to relocate the vendors in a months’ time.
Buganda Land Board has decided to close all businesses
at Mulungu Landing and restore it as a docking area for boat racing.
This comes more than two weeks after Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA wrote to the board notifying them of a decision by the Authority
and National Environment Management Authority- NEMA to close the landing site
as result of flooding.
Vendors had established permanent structures at
the shoreline yet this is only permissible if construction is done outside the
buffer zone, which is 200 meters from the water body.
The KCCA Environment Officer,
Peter Settenda cited this as one of the reasons for writing to Buganda Land
board. The increased water level in Lake Victoria left the market
submerged posing a health challenge to residents.
Dennis Bugaya, the Buganda Land Board Spokesperson told URN that they have done
their assessment and concluded that indeed the place poses a health threat to
residents. He says they are making arrangements to relocate the vendors in a
Bugaya says the site will be left to serve its
initial purpose as a docking area. Annet Ndibatumira, who ran a foods
and drinks store at the landing site, says she has struggled to support her
nine member family since the market was submerged.
Although she says her
merchandise was not damaged, she has failed to get it out of the shop. She has now resorted to selling polythene bags
in the market. From selling items worth Shillings 200,000 a day, Ndibatumira
now makes Shillings 5000. She hopes they can find another market to operate
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Tom Ssenfuma, the Vice Chairman Mulungu Market,
says that the market has over 50,000 vendors majority of whom are now
struggling to survive. The increase in water levels is something they never
anticipated and were taken by surprise.
He is worried that KCCA also wants them to leave the dry land
they occupy. Ssenfuma says business is low as the number of customers buying
both food stuffs and fish has reduced.
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Joseph Magala says they had a plan to put up
temporary structure that is raised such that when water levels rise their
businesses are not affected. He partly blames the raising waters on a developer
who he says dumped soil in water dispersing a large amount of it.
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The vendors occupying Mulungu relocated from Gaba Landing
Site in 2001 and were accommodated by Buganda Landing Board. In 2018,
the board wanted to close the site citing poor hygiene but faced resistance
from vendors organized under the Munyonyo Fish Forkers Limited.