Owino Chairman Speaks Out On Market Woes

ampoule geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In an interview, Mulwana, told Chimpreports that the market has faced a lot of problems including the fires that have so far razed down the market more than three times leaving traders hopeless as they lose millions and millions of money each time it burns.

“It all stems from the ownership wrangles in this market,” Mulwana stated.

He added: “There was a small group of people who wanted to take over the market leaving others suffering but the president came over and promised to give back the ownership of this market to Kampala Capital City Authority that promised to register the traders in a mean time.”

He also noted that at the end of the year, they have been affected by the wars in Southern Sudan, another major setback for these traders who are struggling to recover from the recent losses.

Mulwana also observes that they have high expectations for the market in 2014, if the wars in Southern Sudan end.


“Southern Sudan is where business booms most,” he pointed out.

“We expect the market to be re-constructed by the government like was the case in Wandegeya. We also expect that KCCA takes charge of it.”

Mulwana called upon the traders to be peaceful and stay united in the year 2014 because “united we stand and divided we fall”.

St. Balikudembe (Owino market) is among the biggest markets in the country and it employs over 70,000 Ugandans.

These are both traders and vendors who have shops and stalls in the market.

But they constantly face challenges including the fires, wrangles about who is to take ownership of the market and the need for KCCA to redevelop it to the required standards.

Yet, it is this market where the majority of Ugandans go to shop “cheap things” like clothes, sneakers, food stuffs, hand bags, shoes, among others.

It has several divisions including the Park Yard Wing that has been burnt down several times.

The above problems have counted a financial set back to both the traders and the leaders in the market.

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