Lukwago says KCCA cannot afford to install such facilities at all its facilities and therefore said the people in these places need to be empowered through the temporary suspension of fees such that they can be able to avail the required facilities using the money saved from fees. Lukwago says the decision will be discussed in Council on March 30th for ratification and implementation.
The Lord Mayor and his team addressing vendors at Usafi Market
Capital City Authority-KCCA is considering the temporary suspension of collection
of fees from its markets and Parks, the City Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has
revealed. He was speaking during the COVID 19 sensitization campaign in Usafi Market
on Monday afternoon.
said he had a meeting with some KCCA technical officials and agreed that they temporarily
suspend the collection of fees from markets and Parks to enable management buy
the facilities needed to fight against COVID 19. Last week, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
directed owners of public facilities like markets, Parks and commercial
structures like arcades to provide hand washing facilities or sanitisers and temperature
measuring facilities for people to use before accessing these premises.
says KCCA cannot afford to install such facilities at all its facilities and
therefore said the people in these places need to be empowered through the
temporary suspension of fees such that they can be able to avail the
required facilities using the money saved from fees. Lukwago says the decision will be discussed in
Council on March 30th for ratification and implementation.
have discovered from our meetings and engagements we have had internally with
the task force and the technical team, it may not be feasible for us to buy the
guns (temperature monitoring machines) for all the facilities. So as a
temporary measure we have suspended collection of rent in our facilities like
markets, from the taxi parks from all these other facilities to give them
leeway to build their own capacity to provide these required facilities
specifically the temperature monitoring facilities, the guns...," said Lukwago
Musa Muleme, the Chairman Usafi market told URN
that they haven’t received any communication regard the KCCA proposal. He says
currently they are using the hand washing facilities that were provided by the
Lord Mayor. The KCCA
Peter Kaujju said for the authority to suspend collection of fees as proposed
by Lukwago, the technical people would also have to sit and discuss the
Kaujju also said KCCA doesn’t collect fees from Taxi
parks. The Authority used to collect about Shillings 1.2 billion monthly when
taxis paid monthly Shillings 120,000 monthly. The collections were suspended by
the president in 2010 following a petition by taxi operators that they were
chocking on fees and taxes from different agencies.
Kaujju said while they are still working to see
that the collection resumes, it hasn’t started yet and hence no money is coming
from Taxi parks. About the market fees, Kaujju said they collect very
little money that usually goes into footing utility bills like water and
electricity. He couldn’t confirm the amount collected per month.
Usafi has 1200 stalls and 108 lock-ups. Vendors
pay Shillings 6500 monthly for the stalls and Shillings 13,000 for lock-ups
although about half the spaces are occupied. Vendors
in Wandegeya Market that has 1200 working spaces pay between Shillings 50,000
and 100,000. Kaujju also said that so far they have installed about 60 big tanks
in different parts of Kampala including parks and markets.
however, said without revealing their budget that the Authority cannot fully
finance installation of hand washing facilities and temperature measuring
machines in all places and revealed that they are looking at partnering with
Water Aid Uganda other institutions like National Water and Sewerage
Cooperation to provide more facilities across Kampala. Apart from markets
and parks, KCCA has to install hand washing facilities and in some case temperature
measuring machines at public parks, offices and streets.