Councilors in Mbarara municipality have called for a review of designs for Mbarara Central Market.
The USD 7,000,000 (25 billion Shillings) project is constructed under phase two of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP funded by the African development bank.
It is envisaged to have a total of 1,652 kiosks, lockups, saloons, warehousing and wholesale facilities, restaurants, stalls with lockers for food stuffs, groceries, clothes, shoes; stalls for fish and meat, cold storage rooms and fish dressing rooms. The new structure will also have Banks, a day care centre, fire hydrant points, mini-storage facilities, and a public parking/loading area.
However, Municipal councilors say that the design omitted some crucial services. Katete Ward Councillor Imam Kagiiko says that the design did not cater for a health facility yet it was one of key services that were supposed to be in place.
Kakoma Ward Councillor Robert Bushweta observed that the planned parked space can only accommodate 54 vehicles adding that such a space is not enough given the activity in the market. He wants that designs to be revised to cater for more parking spaces.
Engineer Emanuel Mwebaze, the officer in charge of the MATIP projects in the Ministry Of Local Government said that the design was made five years ago and had to be revised to accommodate necessary changes.
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According to Mbarara Municipality Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the authorities are now planning to ensure that the traders are given enough time to prepare to shift to the independence park. He says that he has hopes that the market whose construction plans started over 20 years ago will finally be in place.
Mugabe adds that the council has also secured money for relocating the Mbarara independence park and that this will be done in a period of three months.
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A total of 11 markets are being constructed under phase II of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP. They include Lugazi Central Market, Entebbe Market, Kitoro, Tororo Central Market, , Busia Main Market, Kasese Central Market, Masaka Central Market, Moroto Central Market, Lopedur, Soroti Central Market, Arua Main Market and Kitgum Main Market