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Displaced Mulungu Traders to be Relocated to Busabala

The traders were forced to abandon the market last month as a result of rising water levels on Lake Victoria. As many of them relocated to an area outside the gazetted market, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and National Environment Management Authority-NEMA asked Buganda Land Board, the landlord, to close the site citing health and environmental challenges.
Displaced Mulungu Site Vendors set up stalls outside the market

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The Buganda Kingdom has identified land in Busabala, Wakiso District for the resettlement of traders who were destabilised by flooding at Mulungu Landing Site.

The traders were forced to abandon the market last month as a result of rising water levels on Lake Victoria. As many of them relocated to an area outside the gazetted market, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA and National Environment Management Authority-NEMA asked Buganda Land Board, the landlord, to close the site citing health and environmental challenges.

The flooded area posed a threat to the traders’ lives and had constructed permanent structures in the buffer zone said the two authorities.  To follow-through with the guidance, Buganda Land Board held a meeting with the leadership of the traders organized under Mulungu Fish Fockers Ltd on Monday and agreed to relocate traders to another site.

Dennis Bagaya, the spokesperson of the board said the identified land is also on the shores of Lake Victoria but not close to the waters. Bagaya declined to disclose the exact location and size of the land saying people might rush to resettle there.

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It is not clear when the traders will be resettled.  Dissy Mukasa Nakawerere, the Chairperson of the traders, appealed to her colleagues to accept the relocation.

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Mayanja Twaha says they should be left to operate at the site until the new place is set for them to relocate. He thinks the authorities are using raising water levels as an excuse to evict them. Sudais Agaba who has been dealing in fish at the site for over seven years says he is uncertain of how he will survive without the market.

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