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Entebbe Deputy RDC to Meet Leaders Over Kabubu Market

Ssemakula explains that the local government ministry has come up with regulations for the reconstructed modern markets, including the ban on markets operating within one kilometre of a modern market. He adds that the municipal council expects to collect over shillings 700million from Kitooro market beginning this financial year and so had to let go of the Kabubu market.
Kabubu market vendors and buyers along Kitooro Road, a few metres from Kitooro market

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Hajji Njuki Mbabali, the Entebbe Deputy Resident District Commissioner says he will meet leaders of vendors in Kitooro over the operations of Kabubu Market. Kabubu is an open market that operates every Tuesday in Kitooro, Entebbe Municipality.

Kabubu market has been in existence for over ten years, attracting vendors from within Entebbe and beyond including Kampala, to sell mostly second-hand clothes, shoes, fresh foods among other items. The market operates in the heart of Kitooro.

However, when the newly reconstructed Kitooro Market was re-opened in June, the municipal and Division B council leaders banned  Kabubu market operations.

The leaders said all vendors would have to sell from inside Kitooro Market. 

Kitooro Market is one of the 12 modern markets built under the Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Projects (MATIP-2 Program). The program aims to develop and enhance the capacity of market infrastructure, to induce production and marketing agricultural commodities.  

Kitooro market was completed last year and opened for business mid this year.

But Kabubu Market continues to operate amidst protests from Kitooro Market vendors and leaders including Isabirye Marijan, the interim market chairman, and Samuel Sseninde, a butcher.

Some of the Kitooro Market vendors led by Sseninde have since petitioned Division B chairman, Richard Ssekyondo over the operations of Kabubu Market.

Ssekyondo received the petition on Wednesday and says the division council will look into the issue and also consult other stakeholders including technocrats and the municipal leaders.

He says the town clerk should also seek guidance from the local government ministry about the Kabubu market.

Ssekyondo however says there is a possibility of shifting the Kabubu market outside Kitooro so as to avert conflicts with Kitooro market vendors. Also, residents have complained about congestion and traffic jam along Kitooro Road every Tuesday.

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Samuel Ssemakula, the market master for Kitooro Market says that the municipal council has sent its enforcement team once to disperse vendors at Kabubu Market. 

"But the RDC's office needs to enforce the ban on Kabubu Market," Ssemakula says.

Ssemakula explains that the local government ministry has come up with regulations for the reconstructed  modern markets, including the ban on markets operating within one kilometre of a modern market.

He adds that the municipal council expects to collect over shillings 700million from Kitooro market beginning this financial year and has thereby had to let go of the Kabubu market.

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As a result, Njuki says he will meet the leaders of Kitooro and Kabubu markets and also Entebbe leaders and technocrats on the way forward.

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