Minister Warns Kitgum Leaders Aganist Fraudulent Allocation of Space in New Market

Businge tasked leaders in Kitgum Municipality to give priority to vendors who were earlier occupying the old market before new applicants are considered.
Some of the stalls constructed at Kitgum Central Market being inspected recently.

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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 denied stalls.

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 contingency funds.

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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 rainfall.

According to the consultant, physical progress for the Market construction currently stands at 61 percent.

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