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Vendors Ask New City Leadership to Construct Napier Market

Madina Namuganza, the chairperson of the banana traders’ department, says that the market already has a land title and it is the role of political leaders to team up with their technical counterparts to ensure that the market is well constructed.
Part of Napier market's aerial view.

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Vendors from Napier market have tasked the newly elected city leaders to foster the construction of Napier market which they say is in a sorry state. 

The vendors who on Wednesday held a special meeting with the newly elected Jinja city mayor, Peter Kasolo say that they lack clear demarcation of their stalls, but if the market is well constructed, boundary disputes will be dealt with swiftly and amicably. 

The vendors who operate in makeshift structures with poor drainage systems argue that such conditions draw away potential customers who are not willing to purchase items from a market without adequate sanitation measures. 

Napier is one of the traditional markets in Jinja town with capacity of over 1,500 vendors however, over the years, not much has been done to give it a facelift.

Madina Namuganza, the chairperson of the banana traders’ department, says that the market already has a land title and it is the role of political leaders to team up with their technical counterparts to ensure that the market is well constructed.

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Annet Nandese, a food vendor, says that the market is muddy during rainy seasons which deters potential customers from accessing their stalls but if asphalt is temporarily applied on their market floor, it would help to boost their daily sales all year long.

Nandese further stresses that, the market lacks security lights and neither clear entrance nor exit points which has increased cases of theft within the market. 

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Suleiman Mulekwa, a herbal medicine dealer, says that authorities who collect revenues from the market should provide raw materials which will enable vendors to easily construct the market for themselves.

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The market chairperson, William Sooka, says that the market has potential of earning more revenue for the city, but only if its’ well constructed to attract more vendors and clients alike. 

Meanwhile Mayor Kasolo says that he will lobby the local government ministry officials and other well-wishers to ensure that Napier market is constructed to modern standards so as to improve on its operational capacity.

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