Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA is yet to issue a statement on the Nakivubo Park Yard Market fire in which vendors lost merchandise worth millions of shillings. Nakivubo Park Yard Market was gutted down by fire in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Some of the vendors interviewed by our reporter on Wednesday claimed the fire started from second hand shoe stalls before it spread fast to other parts of the market.
The exact cause of the fire is yet to established. However, a day after the incident, Kampala Capital City Authority, which is in charge of city markets, is yet to comment on the incident. An official from KCCA who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says they have opted to remain silent on the fire because Nakivubo Park Yard Market is not one of the gazetted city markets. The official claimed that the vendors have been operating illegally at the park yard adding that, they decided to keep silent because the vendors are still mourning their loses.
He also disclosed that KCCA has not been collecting dues from vendors operating at Nakivubo Park Yard Market because it is not gazetted. When approached for a comment about the market fire George Ndyamuba Ndahendekire, the acting Deputy Director Physical Planning Kampala Capital City Authority declined saying they are still consulting with all stakeholders before they issue an official statement.
He however, explained that the Nakivubo Park Yard was meant to serve as a parking lot for Nakivubo stadium and Owin market but it was occupied by vendors. Ndyamuba says they are still engaging different stakeholders to decide whether or not the market remains.
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Robert Kalumba, the KCCA Deputy Spokesperson also told our reporter that the authority will make its stand known very soon.
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Nakivubo Park Yard market, which hosts more than 25,000 vendors, has burnt four times within a space of three years. The market sits on 1.5 acres of land.