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Town Clerk Disbands Kitooro Market Committee over Illegal Allocation of Space

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 main entrance of Kitooro Market

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The Entebbe Town Clerk has disbanded the management committee of Kitooro Market following complaints about the fraudulent allocation of space.

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 market.

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 been fired.

Bugendo accuses the leaders, particularly Isabirye for allegedly allocating himself over ten stalls and lockups, yet many street vendors have not been given space.

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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.

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