By Vanansio Kakogoso
Traders operating in central market in central division of Kabale
municipality are protesting delays to redevelop the market.
Last year, government announced plans to renovate central market under
Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Project (MATIP) program.
The Project will be implemented through an existing Project
Facilitation Team (PFT) in the Ministry of Local Government with
funding from African development bank.
The Kabale Municipality authorities further registered all traders
operating in the market. However, since the redevelopment plan was
announced the work has not kicked off.
Gertrude Tumusime a trader who deals in potatoes says that they
operate under deplorable conditions. She says that the situation
worsens when the rain season sets in. She explains that the buyers do
not turn up when the market gets filled with water.
Alex Mushabe an onion and tomato dealer wants the authorities to
pronounce themselves on when the works on the market will commence. He says that they close early due to lack of security and electricity
which affects their sales.
Samuel Kyomukama and Moses Biryomumisho all butchers are appealing to
the authorities to kick start the renovation so that they can get good
stalls where to sell meat.
The Kabale Municipality mayor Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha says that plans to redevelop the market are still underway and government has saved 23bilions shillings towards the renovation of the market. He
however says that Kabale municipal council has instructed town clerk
Innocent Ahimbisibwe to process designs.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.