leaders of 15 markets in Kampala City have petitioned the President protesting the planned appointment of market masters to manage the markets.
Their petition follows a letter written by the Minister of Kampala Hajjat Minsa Kabanda to the Kampala Capital City
Authority Executive Director, Dorothy Kisaka introducing market masters to
manage the markets on behalf of the government.
accuses the interim leaders of failing to account for 697 Million Shillings they
receive annually from the government.
year, president, Yoweri Museveni directed that government repossess all its
markets and abattoirs that had been placed in private hands.
The President said the power struggles in the markets had taken a huge toll on
vendors and directed that new leaders be elected. The president, who also
accused the various factions in the markets of subjecting vendors to exorbitant
fees, suspended all fees collections.
At a press
conference held on Thursday at Biraj hotel in Nakasero under their association,
Progressive Market Vendors Alliance, Kimuli Faridah the treasurer of Nakasero Market
asked the minister not to interfere in the work of the interim committees.
accused the old committees of the markets of frustrating the work of the
interim committees. She wants the Minister to respect the new committee since
they were put in place through a presidential directive.
the chairperson of Bukoto market says that the leadership availed
accountability of the funds to KCCA.
Muhammad Ssegwanyi, the publicity secretary to the Progressive Market Vendors
Alliance accuses Kabanda of disrupting the operations of the markets. He cites USAFI
Market where Kabanda instructed a group of youths to occupy land without
consulting the market leadership.
says that they were appointed legally and that they are ready for free and fair
elections. He says that the minister should follow the procedures.
Nyesigye, the Chairperson of the Bugolobi market denied receiving any money from
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contacted Kabanda maintained that they will appoint market masters to
administer the markets on behalf of KCCA for proper management. She says that
the masters will file regular reports to the KCCA about the operations of the