By Sophan Niwamanya
The Ministry of Local Government and Kabale municipality authorities have today started the relocation of vendors to the newly constructed Kabale central market.
The 23 billion shillings’ facility was constructed under the World Bank-funded Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program – MATIP III started in 2019.
For the last three years the vendors have been operating from the temporary Kabale Police barracks market Mwanjari business center where they were shifted to pave way for the construction of the market which was commissioned last month.
Today the officials from the ministry of local Government helped by Kabale district officials kickstarted the process relocating the traders and the exercise will be conducted through use of raffle which will be containing the name of the stall/lockup.
By The time of relocation exercise police and UPDF were in charge of the market as the exercise was taking place.
According to the Kabale Municipality Mayor, Emmanuel Byamugisha Sentaro a total of 1022 traders are targeted to occupy the new market and will be tenants of Kabale Municipality each paying one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) on the first floor and one hundred thousand (1 00,000) on the second floor.
Byamugisha noted that each trader will be given two months as grace period without paying rent to the council which will help the traders to settle in the new market.
He added that they are re-allocating vendors following the guidelines from ministry of local Government all stalls and lockups will be allocated to legible vendors.
Byamugisha noted that the exercise of occupying stalls and lockups will be by picking raffles.
The exercise is underway as the first batch of vendors are waiting to pick raffles as the exercise is expected to be complete on Friday.