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Construction of Cross Border Market Fails to Take Off

Raymond Agaba, the Commissioner for Internal trade in the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Ministry says the residents and district leaders have high expectations, which cant be fulfilled in a short time.

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The construction of the cross border market in Kabale district is yet to kick off more than a year since the launch of the project.

   

The Shillings 28 billion market was earmarked for construction on 138 acre piece of land in Kiruruma cell along the Kabale-Katuna road under the Regional Integration Implementation Program-RIIP with support from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-COMESA and the European Union.



 

The market is aimed promoting and expanding cross border trade and investments among East African Countries.  The Border Market Project is one of the initiatives by the Government of Uganda to fully exploit opportunities created by regional integration, promote value addition and wealth creation.

 

 

However, no work has been done since the project was launched on August 14, 2015. Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the executive Director Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, a non- governmental organization that Empower Citizens to fight corruption and its effects, wonders why construction has never started.

 

According to Byamugisha, at the launch of the project, they were assured on the availability of the funds for the project.

 

 

 

 

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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC V Chairperson says although the district leadership submitted all the necessary requirements to the Ministry for the construction to kick off, work has never started.

He says they are dissatisfied with the stalling of the project.

 

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Raymond Agaba, the Commissioner for Internal trade in the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Ministry says the residents and district leaders have high expectations, which can't be fulfilled in a short time.

Agaba says that the ministry is still hunting for more funds to make sure that construction starts in 2017.



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