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Vendors in Kabale Fish Market Protest Poor Working Environment

They also claim that water supply to the fish market was disconnected three months ago, and their efforts to prevail on the authorities to reconnect it have not yielded any results.
Edward Tofayo, the chairperson Kabale Fish Market

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Vendors in Kabale Fish market are protesting their poor working environment. The Fishmongers claim that Kabale municipality promised to renovate the market and install storage facilities to help them preserve fish, but nothing has been done. They also claim that water supply to the fish market was disconnected three months ago, and their efforts to prevail on the authorities to reconnect it have not yielded any results.

 

Sylvia Kamusiime, one of the fish mongers at Kabale fish market says the municipality promised to address all the challenges affecting them by June but nothing has come to pass. She says because of the lack of storage facilities at the market, they are forced to sell off their fish at a giveaway price for fear that it would go bad. The fish mongers buy their fish from Masaka district. Mary Rose Kyobutungi, another fish monger says their colleagues who opted to buy their freezers have failed to use them because the market has stayed for a year without electricity.

She says they have not received any explanation from central division since the electricity supply to the market was disconnected. Edward Tofayo, the chairperson Kabale fish Mongers association says he personally talked to Sentaro Byamugisha, the Central Division LC III chairperson about the condition of the market, but he gave him empty promises.

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Byamugisha says that plans to work on the market and have the water pipes fixed were interrupted by confusion and corruption at the Municipality. He says the political wing blocked the rehabilitation of the fish market citing disregard of the procurement procedures.

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Byamugisha says they plan to reconnect electricity to enable the traders to conduct their businesses effectively. He appeals for calm from the traders saying there are procedures that must be follow the concerns of the traders.

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Kabale municipality had scheduled to renovate the fish market in June this year at the tune of 15 million shillings. However, politicians blocked the works accusing Augustine Bujara, the town clerk Kabale municipality of messing up the procurement process.