Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA Acting Executive Director, Eng Andrew Kitaka released the roadmap for the construction of the market today while leading a team of KCCA officials to the proposed market site, situated about a kilometer from Kasubi junction.
Construction of Kasubi market is due to start in April. The market will create a safe working space for hundreds of vendors who have been operating on the roadside for nearly three decades and reduce congestion in the areas of Nakulabye and Kasubi.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Acting Executive Director, Eng Andrew Kitaka released the roadmap for the construction of the market today while leading a team of KCCA officials to the proposed market site, situated about a kilometer from Kasubi junction.
Kitaka said the relocation will also pave way for the completion Kasubi junction, which was supposed to be upgraded during the expansion of Bakuli-Nakulabye-Kasubi road last year.
This stretch of the road was upgraded under the World Bank funded Second Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project (KIIDP2) and launched in June last year. However, the junctions could not be constructed because KCCA had not relocated vendors.
Kitaka said that tenders for the market construction are now being evaluated. The construction is estimated to cost 3 billion Shillings. He appealed to vendors to be cooperative and patient as actual work begins.
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Kitaka said that the market will be constructed in a shade style instead of high rise structures which vendors in different parts of the city have shunned.
"It seems vendors like shades. We don't want to put up high structures and end up with something unoccupied. We shall put there good shades with steel structures," he said.
The market sitting on 1.2 acres of land will be occupied by over 12,000 vendors once completed. But Rubaga Mayor, Joy Ssebugwawo said there are more 15,000 vendors who will need space in the market. She said they are happy with the work which has been done and are hopeful that construction will be completed by end of this year.
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Ronald Zibu, the chairperson of Kasubi market says vendors are happy with the work. However, they requested KCCA to purchase more land space for the market.