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Relocation of Vendors to Kasese Central Market Starts

The new Market will accommodate over 800 vendors and has 467 stalls and 311 lockup shops.
A handful of traders have so far entered the new market

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Vendors in Kasese municipality have started occupying the Kasese Modern Central Market.

The Market is one of the 12 markets that have been constructed under the markets and Agricultural Trade improvement Programme (MATIP-2), at 14. 9 billion Shillings.

The new Market will accommodate over 800 vendors and has 467 stalls and 311 lockup shops.

Isaiah Twesigye the Kasese Municipal Council Town Clerk says that they have decided to conduct the relocation exercise in phases to avoid the congestion that would otherwise be a health risk amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

 According to Twesigye, 94 traders have so far been availed space in the new market.

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Twesigye says that since the market is complete, all roadside vendors should occupy the stalls or risk being evicted.

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However, the relocation exercise seems to have not gone well with some of the traders especially those dealing in fresh produce decrying the high competition from uncontrolled those hawking produce on the streets.

Josephine Babirye a vendor in the new market says their biggest business threat is coming from those hawking similar products even around the market.  She asks the authorities to streamline the food hawking business so that traders in the market can also get enough customers.

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Nalongo Lukia another fresh food vendor wants the authorities to evict all persons still selling from streets into the market.  She also decries the lack of customers in the new facility arguing that it has not yet attracted customers.

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