In June 920 vendors were allocated space in the market, but more than 40 vendors who were in the old Kitooro market and those formerly at Lubigi market in Lugongo-Nakiwogo village say they were denied space in the new market.
The Entebbe Town Clerk has disbanded the management committee
of Kitooro Market following complaints about the fraudulent allocation of
Kitooro market was constructed under the Markets and
Agriculture Trade Improvement Projects (MATIP-2 Program).
In June 920 vendors were allocated space in the market, but more than
40 vendors who were in the old Kitooro market and those formerly at Lubigi
market in Lugongo-Nakiwogo village say they were denied space in the new
They claim that the leaders who include Isabirye Marijan, the chairman,
his deputy Abubaker Bukenya and Salim Ssemujja Mazembe were pocketing bribes to
allocate space to outsiders.
Charles Magumba, the Town Clerk in Entebbe, says the leadership of the market
has been suspended and a complaints handling committee has been established to
resolve the issue.
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Julius Bugendo, fresh food and vegetable vendor us happy that the leaders have
Bugendo accuses the leaders, particularly Isabirye for allegedly allocating
himself over ten stalls and lockups, yet many street vendors have not been
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However, Isabirye denies the allegations saying that he was not a
member of the space allocation committee. He advised the vendors to channel
their grievances to the Council leadership.
The market leaders had also come under the spotlight for messing
up the general operations of the market.
The garbage collection centres are being occupied by tailors and mobile
money agents, while some lockups have been turned into butcheries.
However, Richard Ssekyondo, the Division B/ LCIII Chairperson,
says the technical and political wing of the municipality agreed to partition
more parts of the market to accommodate more vendors.
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Magumba says that issues raised by the vendors will be handled by
the committee and will be resolved by mid-August.