National
KCCA takes over Usafi marketPublish Date: Jan 04, 2014
KCCA takes over Usafi market
  • mail
  • img
Many of the 5,000 stalls of the market remain unoccupied.
newvision

By Taddeo Bwambale

KAMPALA - The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has taken over management of Usafi market, following wrangles between its proprietor and the vendors.

KCCA also takes over the management of the adjacent taxi park. The market located at Kalitunsi in Mengo Kisenyi was officially opened on March 1, 2013.

KCCA entered into an agreement with a developer identified as Omar Ssekamatte and gazetted the market to accommodate vendors evicted from city streets.

However, traders at Usafi raised concern over its location, saying it was not strategically placed to attract customers. Some of the stalls have not been occupied.

The market has 5,000 stalls, but many of them are yet to be occupied.

KCCA spokesperson, Peter Kaujju said the Authority had taken over the day-to-day operations of the market but not its ownership.


There have been wrangles between the traders and the owners of the market. PHOTO/Ronnie Kijjambu

“We learnt that there wrangles between the traders and the owners of the market. The traders complain of harassment while the owner cites non-payment of market fees,” Kaujju said.

“We are taking over the administration of the market to ensure that it runs smoothly and people carry on with their business.”

In June last year, following an outcry over high fees and low sales, the monthly charges for stalls were reduced from sh120,000 to sh80,000. But the traders still complained that the fees were high.

The proprietor of the market, Ssekamate had dissolved the leadership of the traders in the market for violating their trade agreement.

Usafi is one of 69 markets where up to 10,000 vendors operating along several streets were relocated to at  the height of a crackdown on street vending by KCCA.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
A tailoring project to empower PWDs launched
UK-based JANE Betts, who is the programme manager at Advantage Africa, was recently in Uganda to launch a tailoring project at Special Children Special People (SCSP) in Gaba, Bunga....
UPDF clarifies on Somalia salaries
The Uganda army has come out to clarify on a media report on payment of salaries of UPDF soldiers serving in Somalia....
Policeman, thug killed in city suburb shootout
A police man was on Friday night killed in a city suburb while in pursuit of armed thugs. One of the thugs was also put out of action and an AK 47 rifle, recovered, police said....
Al-Shabaab commanders
African Union troops in Somalia said Friday they had killed two "senior" commanders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab insurgents, in the latest push of an offensive against the extremist fighters....
UN warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms
Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war....
Bukenya summoned over youth group
Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has been summoned by police in Kakiri Wakiso district over a group of youth that had visited him at his Kakiri country home....
Should government review powers of kings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter