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Parliament Independent Engineers to Assess Moroto Central Market

URN reported last month that vendors had rejected the stalls in the newly constructed market because they were too small to accommodate the vendors and their merchandise. The stalls did not also have a storage facility.
Each block is designed for two vendors

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The Public Service and Local Government Committee of Parliament has directed an Asian Construction firm, Ambitious Constructors Limited, to rebuild the stalls of Moroto Central Market and ensure that they are large enough to accommodate a sizeable business for the vendors.

URN reported last month that vendors had rejected the stalls in the newly constructed market because they were too small to accommodate the vendors and their merchandise. The stalls did not also have a storage facility.

On Tuesday, the Committee of Parliament assessed the design of the facility to ascertain whether it was built to solve the challenges faced by vendors and whether the design was fit to for the current and future generations. But the committee led by Godfrey Onzima was dissatisfied with a number of issues including the design of the market, size of stalls, standard of materials, and the existence of cracks, among others.

Accordingly, Onzima directed the contractor to break down the stalls and rebuild them ensuring they are big enough to contain merchandize sold by the vendors.

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Godfrey Etedu, the Coordinator of Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program, a program implementing the construction of modern markets in 12 municipalities, said that there are 628 stalls but the committee has observed that they are too small and should be slashed down to about 311 after fresh works. The general design was described as notwithstanding the needs of the current market facilities with a lot of wastage in the plan.

Other details that angered the committee include small kitchens without chimneys nor aeration, a small parking lot, vandalism and substandard and shoddy works to mention but a few. Etedu apologized for what he called his remarks and response to the issues earlier raised about the shoddy work because he had earlier noted that the cracks on the walls and floors were very minimal.

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The vendors are excited that their concerns were being addressed but stressed that they would not occupy the facility not until their demands are met.

Margaret Amollo one of the vendors feels there was betrayal on the side of the municipal authorities and other stakeholders on the design and quality of works. Recently, the Town Clerk admitted in an interview with URN that there were changes to the original design by the contractor but it remains unclear whether the changes were formally approved by the supervisors on the contract.

According to the Public Service and Local Government Committee of Parliament, parliament will discuss their report and come up with resolutions, an indication that final occupation of the facility could take longer than expected if the directives of parliament are to be followed to the dot.

Moroto Central Market was constructed at the cost of 20.1 billion Shillings funded by government f Uganda through a loan from 

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