In 2018, the government through the Ministry of Works and Transport undertook to remodel the market such that it can be utilized by hundreds of roadside vendors who are operating from makeshift structures in Lukaya town council.
New Lukaya market that has been deserted since March 1, 2021
Ahmed Nyombi Mukiibi, the Kalungu District LC V Chairperson has petitioned
the Inspectorate of General-IG to investigate the construction of the Lwera roadside Market in Lukaya town council.
Nyombi is concerned that the Shillings 3.75 billion market has been boycotted by the targeted vendors citing poor workmanship by
In 2018, the government through the Ministry of Works and Transport undertook to
remodel the market such that it can be utilized by hundreds of roadside vendors
who are operating from makeshift structures in Lukaya town
The project was executed by Sumadhura Technologies Limited, which eventually handed over the market in February of this year. But Nyombi argues that there is no value for money and the facility has remained underutilized following the vendor's refusal to occupy the stall and lockups.
He explains that the contractor was supposed to remodel and improve the existing stalls by rising the floor to prevent flooding during the rainy season. Mukiibi says that to his disappointment, the problem has persisted despite the huge investment into the project.
Earlier in 2011, the government through a Shillings 1.9 billion grant from the Lake Victoria Management Project-LAVEMP worked on the
same market by constructing permanent stalls and lockups that were rejected by vendors over flooding.
Nyombi wants the Inspectorate of Government to scrutinize the project works and the process under which the
contract was awarded, saying that there is a likelihood of embezzlement of part
of the funds.
“Projects ezize e Kalungu….
Cue out: ….wagulu
He says that is also high time that the local governments are
allowed to fully participate in the process of awarding contracts for projects
that are executed in their areas to empower local leaders to hold the contractors accountable.
“Naye projects zino…
Cue out: ….nga
Moses Ssentuuro, one of the roadside fish vendors in Lwera says that the contractors did not carry out thorough consultations before undertaking
the project works. He explains besides the market being constructed in low laying area, which floods whenever it rains, the contractor constructed very small stalls and
Ssentuuro says the majority of the vendors have preferred staying in their makeshift stalls rather than relocating to the new market. Charles Tamale, the Lukaya Town Council Chairperson, says the
petition is reasonable and may awaken the Ministry of Works to order the
contractor to fix the gaps.