Owino Redevelopment Plan Stalls

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The development of Owino market has hit a setback following a demand from a section of the vendors that Kampala City Council reviews the terms of the previous lease agreements. The vendors met with Florence Namayanja the Kampala Deputy Mayor at City Hall today to air out their views on the re-development plans.
A majority of the vendors endorsed the re-development plan but insisted that Council clarifies the implication of the new lease offer to the current occupants. In 1997 KCC asked some vendors to build slabs in their stalls and in return they would be granted 15 year's lease in respect of their stalls.
The Vendors accused members of the KCC Executive of failing to execute the formal lease document despite several reminders. The vendors told the Deputy Mayor that they had placed a caveat on the 2 acres of land under contention to block any developments until Council fulfills its pledge.
A section of the vendors alleges that KCC has already given Kampala Joint Market Vendors Association, Chaired by Godfrey Kayongo a new lease to run the market and yet the current lease is supposed is still on until 2013. Florence Namayanja the Deputy Mayor said the views of the vendors would be reviewed by the Executive Committee before a decision is taken on who will re-develop the market.
Two years ago KCC terminated the contract of Victoria International Trading Company Investments, which has been managing St. Balikuddembe market, over the non-payment of 3.8 billion shillings. City Mayor Nasser Ssebagala announced then that the vendors would be given a chance to re-develop the market.
But despite this reassurance the planned 96 billion shillings project has stalled as a result of the disagreements amongst the vendors