By Taddeo Bwambale and Juliet Waisa
Traders registered to operate in the newly-opened Wandegeya Market will not pay rent for three months, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has said.
The traders will start moving to the market on December 17. KCCA’s director for gender, Harriet Mudondo, said the exemption from rent payment was meant to ensure a smooth transition into the sh22b facility.
“This market is a public facility that that is rented out to all people who use it. KCCA is the landlord,” said Mudondo at a press briefing yesterday.
The new premises replaced a dilapidated market largely dominated by makeshift eateries, bars, retail shops and hair salons in the busy Wandegeya suburb.
But the transformation to the new facility has raised complaints from some of the traders over its ownership and tenancy terms.
The traders have also questioned the rent charges and space allocation system, in which some of them will be required to operate on the third and fourth floors.
According the tenancy agreement, each tenant will use the premises for a period of 10 years, renewable with the tenant having first right of offer.
The tenants are prohibited from using the facility allocated to them as security to obtain loans from financial institutions.
KCCA on Tuesday released the rent charges, which the traders opposed. Rent for the cheapest stall is sh40,000 and the biggest lock-up shop sh250,000.
Mudondo said up to three tenants would be allowed to share a lock-up or swap their allocated space for a cheaper one. Mudondo dismissed allegations that the vantage spaces were given to tycoons she said the spaces were allocated by a committee comprising KCCA, local government and market leaders.
The new market premises have a banking hall, parking lots, cold rooms, daycare centre, clinics, and fi re detection systems.