The Minister of State for Local Government Victoria Rusoke Businge
has advised leaders in Kitgum Municipality to observe transparency while
allocating stalls to vendors in the new Kitgum Central Market.
The market is currently under construction with funding from the African
Development Bank-AfDB at a tune of Shillings 23 billion under the second
phase of the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement (MATIP).
Businge who was touring Kitgum Central Market in Central Division on Wednesday
says she has received complaints from vendors in other municipalities of being
She tasked leaders in Kitgum Municipality to give priority to vendors who were
earlier occupying the old market before new applicants are considered.
Once completed, the Kitgum Central market being constructed by China State
Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd will accommodate over 1,500 vendors.
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The Minister says any move made by the leaders to deny old vendors space in the
new market will cause confusion, chaos, and tantamount to acts of corruption.
Over 1,000 vendors were relocated in November 2018 to pave way for the
construction of the current modern market. The vendors are currently occupying
temporary markets at Tuma Atoo and Akurukwe all in Central Division.
During her tour, Businge also noted that whereas the contractor is on course
with the construction works, there was a need to readjust and improve on some
structural designs on the market.
For instance, Businge says the contractor had designed only three stoves in
kitchens at the Market instead of 18, while there was also no provision of
transparent roofing sheets to provide sufficient lights.
She has tasked the contractor to make readjustments and fix the gaps using the
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Kitgum Municipal Council Engineer Alfred Alexis Abonga however
notes that the design for the market only provides for four kitchens in four
restaurants. Abonga says the engineers will make consideration on the proposals
on transparent roofing sheets and stoves in the kitchen.
Physical progress at the market is currently at 61 percent, with structural
work at Block A now nearing completion while at Block B, the contractor has
reached the first floor and started finishing work on the ground floor.
There are a total of 1,656 lockups and stalls facilities at the market. It’s
also equipped with a day-care centre, offices, meeting halls, bank,
restaurants, and cold rooms among others.
Kitgum main market was scheduled to be commissioned for operation by July this
year. The contract deadline was however extended to November 30 by the Local
Government Ministry on request by the consultant SABA Engineering PLC. The
contractor cited delays to execute works due to the covid-19 outbreak, heavy
According to the consultant, physical progress for the Market construction
currently stands at 61 percent.