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Kitgum Market Vendors Reject Relocation Site

The site was chosen last month after an evaluation undertaken by the technical planning committee. Two other sites were considered. They include a private land with an existing market for rent in Pager Division and an open space at the entrance to Kitgum General Hospital.

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Vendors Kitgum Main Market have rejected the proposed relocation site at the former airfield, in Pandwong Division saying the place is unsuitable for business.

The site was chosen last month after an evaluation undertaken by the technical planning committee.   Two other sites were considered. They include a private land with an existing market for rent in Pager Division and an open space at the entrance to Kitgum General Hospital.

The airfield according to the assessment of the technical planning committee of the municipality scored 75.7 percent on all the parameters evaluated.

The parameters include accessibility, security in the form of lights and fencing, water, sanitation and ownership among others. The hospital open ground 61 percent and the private rental space 34.2 percent.

However, Alfred Ochan, the Secretary of Kitgum Main Market Vendors Association says that much as vetting of the three plots was done in their presence, they feel the new location is not the most suitable because its located a distance out of the central business district. 

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Concy Atim Nyeko, the chairperson of the market vendors says they prefer the open hospital space because most of the customers will find it much closer for their purchases.

Kitgum Municipality Engineer Alexis Alfred Abonga acknowledges that the airfield is out of the Central Business District but hastens to add that it was the most secure location of all three options.

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The vendors are supposed to be relocated effective this month to pave way for the construction of a new market under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme – Project 2 (MATIP-2).

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