VENDORS START OCCUPYING KABALE CENTRAL MARKET
By Kweronda Ambrose
Hundreds of vendors have today flocked Kabale Central Market in Kabale municipality as officials from Ministry of Local Government and Kabale Municipal Council kick off the distribution of stalls at Kabale central market amidst tight security.
The 23 billion shillings facility was constructed by Chong Chuing International Construction (CICO), a Chinese based company under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III started in 2019.
According to Prosy Tuhirirwe, program assistant Community development in the Ministry of Local Government, who was in charge of distributing stalls, they have started with Vegetable dealers and the process has started well. Tuhirirwe said Vendors have been given an ultimatum of 90 days to start making use of stalls once they enter saying whoever shall not adhere to the given guidelines, the stall will be allocated to another trader who is ready and willing to do it.
Speaking to our reporter, Keishiki Enid Medius Vegetable dealer, Julius Turinawe, a fresh fruits dealer among others expressed excitement upon assuming stalls, hoping to start operating in a good environment. They said that they hope for the increase in sales of their business to earn a living and improve their household income.
Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the mayor Kabale Municipality commenting about tightening security, said that the market is incorporated with the Police post which has officially started working today to mann vendors property.
Byamugisha revealed that the market will accommodate 1022 vendors and that the exercise will end on Friday this week.