Market vendors have asked the Entebbe Municipal authorities to reduce the rent charges
on stalls and lock-up shops.
The market is one of the 12 modern markets constructed under the Markets and
Agriculture Trade Improvement Projects -MATIP-2 Program. Other markets include Busia,
Masaka, Kasese, Arua, Soroti, Mbarara, Moroto, Tororo, Lugazi, Kitgum, and
Kabale. The market currently has 1,097 vendors allocated stalls and lock-up
Entebbe Municipal Council expects to collect One Billion Shillings from the
market in the 2021/2022 financial year.
According to the rates set by the council, traders with stalls for food, fresh
vegetables, and Matooke pay 20,000 Shillings, stalls for fish, fruits, and
charcoal 30,000 while those with butcheries and chicken cages 80,000 Shillings
Lock-up shop owners are also paying between 80,000 Shillings and 490,000 depending
on the location of the shop.
Some of the traders in the fish section say only 10 out of 72 vendors in the
section currently sell inside the market due to the high rent and also few
customers. They blame the operations of roadside markets in
Kitooro, Entebbe town.
Isabirye Marijan, the chairman of Kitooro Central Market says that the vendors
should not pay rent until the municipal address the challenge of roadside
vendors. He says that less than 500 vendors are operating in the market due to
high rent and few customers.
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says the municipal council should have considered what traders were paying
before construction started. Before
their relocation to pave way for the construction of the new market, the vendors
were paying 4,000 to 7,000 Shillings per month for stalls and kiosks
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Ssemakula, the Agricultural Officer at Entebbe Municipal Council, says
vendors were given a tax holiday of two months when the market opened in June.
Ssemakula, who is also the market master at Kitooro Market, however, says the
vendors should pay until a final decision is made.
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some vendors led by Samuel Sseninde say the council should address other issues
besides reducing rent. Sseninde says
the municipal council should also reduce fees for water and electricity and ensure
the daily collection of garbage.