Richard Mugisha, the Deputy Mbarara City Clerk, says that they set up a committee comprising the Acting City Commercial Officer, Principal Revenue Officer, and the Senior Revenue Officer to among others handle the petitions from the vendors.
authorities have reduced the rental fees in Mbarara
Central Market following several petitions from vendors. During the
relocation of vendors to the Shillings 21 billion central Market last year, the authorities directed vendors to pay between 30,000 and 300,000 in rent fees depending on
the size of their lock-up, stall, and restaurant.
vendors petitioned the authorities and Local Government Minister, saying the
monthly rental fees were too high. They explained that this is the reason why many lock-ups and stalls remain have remained vacant, especially
on level four.
Mugisha, the Deputy Mbarara City Clerk, says that they set up a committee comprising the Acting City Commercial Officer, Principal Revenue Officer, and the Senior
Revenue Officer to among others handle the petitions from the vendors.
the committee looked at the charges and finally came up with revised fees. He explains that the committee reduced the fees for a single and a double lock-up at level four from Shillings 80,000 and100, 000 to Shillings 30,000 while
lock-ups on level three have been lowered to Shillings 50,000 from 100,000.
“we have moved…
…not run away.”//
Mugisha, the vendors also protested other market fees like gate
collections, loading, and off-loading fees, which have been scrapped. He said that they have also reduced the toilet charges from Shillings 500 to 200 per visit. He says that they intend to meet the vendors to inform them about the new rates before the council approves them for implementation.
Kabaare, the Chairperson of the Fish Department in Mbarara Central Market, says that since they were
relocated they have refused to pay because 150,000 Shillings a month is too
high for them. He, however, says that they are ready to pay once the changes are communicated. He says that
they want charges for both smoked fish and fresh fish to be similar.
“ekizibu ekirara kyetukyarina…
…tuzisasure omurundi gumu.”//
Muhumuza, the chairperson of the market welcomed the changes, saying the vendors will not start paying their dues.