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Kagadi Market Closed Over Poor Sanitation

The market, located in Kagadi sub county, serves traders and farmers from Kagadi, Kibaale and Kakumiro districts. It falls every Thursday but it could not operate yesterday after several radio announcements stopping everyone from attending.
A section of Kenga market in Kagadi district. The district authorities on Wednesday close the market over poor sanitation.

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Kenga market in Kagadi district has been closed over poor sanitation.

According to Peter Situma, the Kagadi district health inspector, the decision to close the market is a result of repeated calls for proper sanitation but in vain.

The market, located in Kagadi sub county, serves traders and farmers from Kagadi, Kibaale and Kakumiro districts. It falls every Thursday but it could not operate yesterday after several radio announcements stopping everyone from attending. 

When Uganda Radio Network visited Kenga market on Thursday afternoon, the bushy place was abandoned with no business going on as traders kept home with their merchandise.

Only the toilet area had just been sprayed with chemicals to kill the grass but it is reported an earlier downpour forced the  workers to stop.

Situma reveals that the condition in which the traders and their customers were subjected to during market days was risky to their health. He says that the managers have always promised to make the market place clean for the traders and customers to operate freely.

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Grace Birungi, a food vendor in the market, told URN that as a resident of Kenga trading centre, she worked on her selling stall to make it suitable for customers when they come to the market.

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Only a butchery was operational on Thursday but the butcher who preferred anonymity says he decided to keep there because his is a daily business.

Damian Kato, who won the tender to manage the market, confessed to URN on phone that he has not been cleaning the market because he does not make profits from the tender he received on July 1, 2016.

Kato who declined to declare how much he tenders the market for, says the traders have always given excuses whenever his agents pass through to collect dues on market day. He says that workers have been recruited to clear the bush so that the market is ready next Thursday. 

Eric Sunday, the sub county chief Kagadi, says he is not in position to comment on the mess in the market because he is on a transfer to another area.

The district health inspector says the market will only be opened when his team issues an inspection certificate to the contractor.

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