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Mbarara City Authorities, Vendors Disagree Over Rental Charges

Muhammed Nyombi, the former Chairperson of the central market vendors’ association accuses Mbarara City Authorities of passing the charges without consulting the vendors in line with their registration and resettlement guidelines issued by the Ministry of Local government.
Former Chairperson Market vendors Association Muhammed Nyombi addressing vendors~1

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Mbarara City Council authorities and vendors in the Central Market Vendors have failed to agree on the rental fees for spaces in the market. The misunderstanding arises from the resolution by the city council to set specific rental fees for stalls and lockups in the market.

According to the rates set by the council, traders with stalls and pitches for food, fresh vegetables, and fruits will pay Shillings 30,000, beef and fish butchers Shillings 150,000, single lockups on level1&2 will pay Shillings 150,000 while double lockups on the same levels will pay Shillings 200,000, food court and restaurants will pay between Shillings 200,000 and 300,000, butcheries and chicken cages Shillings 50,000 while the toilets at all levels will pay Shillings 1,000,000 per month.

However, the vendors who were given a two-month grace period by Local Government Minister Raheal Magyezi during their relocation in July and August this year have threatened to abandon the market, saying the charges are too high. 

Muhammed Nyombi, the former Chairperson of the central market vendors’ association accuses Mbarara City Authorities of passing the charges without consulting the vendors in line with their registration and resettlement guidelines issued by the Ministry of Local government.

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Brain Arinaitwe, a vendor has questioned the procedure used by the city councilors and the technical team to come up with the charges.

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Abbas Nsigemana, the representative of the fish department in the market, says that they currently pay a lot of fees, which include Shillings 150,000 for electricity, garbage 20,000, security 20,000, and water bills 20,000 and now rent 150,000 making a total of Shillings 400,000, which is already costly.

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Emma Muhumuza, the acting chairperson of the vendors Association, says that the vendors who are supposed to start paying rent in October want the council to revise the fee, saying the sales are still low.

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Richard Mugisha, the Deputy City Clerk says the disagreement on the charges is because most of the vendors are new and are not aware of the charging policy. He said the charges were set by the council sometime back based on research and comparison to other markets across the country.

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Mbarara Central market hosts over 1000 vendors that were relocated there in June following its re-construction by the government under The Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Project at 21 billion shillings with funding from Africa Development Bank.

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