Mayor Erias Lukwago has asked Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA Council to
expedite the process of putting in place the KCCA Market Ordinance.
Speaking during the council sitting meeting on Thursday at City Hall, Lukwago
said that the conflicts in markets cannot be resolved without a proper law to streamline
management in city markets.
The Market ordinance was first passed in 2019 and forwarded to the Attorney
General for perusal. After close to a year, the Ordinance was returned to KCCA and
asked to limit its regulation to Public Markets since the Market Act 1942 only
provides for the establishment of Public Markets by local governments or
But before the Amendment could be done, new leaders assume office. Consequently, the law was re-tabled
and forwarded to the Standing Committee for Gender and Production and later presented
before Council for consideration. The Council is yet to table the Ordinance.
Lukwago says KCCA needs the ordinance to issue guidance on the election of
market leaders and general management of City Markets.
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The Chairperson Gender, Community Services and Production Standing Committee Mosh
Ssendi Afrikan says that the committee will soon start meeting different
stakeholders about the ordinance before it is presented to the Council for
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Speaker of KCCA, Nasur Masaba is optimistic that the fights in markets shall
cease once there is an ordinance in place to guide on management of the
markets. He says when KCCA repossessed all public Markets in the City conflicts
escalated with different groups claiming to manage the markets.
After the takeover
of the markets which was an implementation of the presidential directive, KCCA
held elections in different markets including Nakawa, Wandegeya, Nakasero and
Owino, but the elections too were contested by some sections of market vendors.
it is through a law that KCCA can harmonize issues of leadership, payment of
market fees and dues and also the construction of more markets to provide workspace
for the Urban poor.
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The Ordinance is expected to be tabled before Council for second reading in the
next council sitting.