Fort Portal: Judge Warns Politicians On Mpanga Market

recipe sans-serif; color: #222222;”>In his ruling on Thursday, price judge Batema directed the town clerk Fort Portal Municipal Council to come up with the market allocation committee within one week.

The judge also said that Fort Portal municipal council has authority over the allocation of space as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The presiding judge also directed that the Municipal Council should follow the guidelines as stipulated in the MoU between the ministry of Local Government, Fort Portal Municipality and the Mpanga Market Vendors Association.

Judge Batema ruled that politicians should stay away from Mpanga market and leave the Town Clerk who is a technical person to play his role with the guidance of the vendors who occupied the old market.

The judge set April 8, 2014 as the date for the next hearing of the resolutions made by the two parties.


Vendors led by Joseph Ahimbisibwe, the former Chairperson on January 20, 2014 filed a case in the Fort Portal High Court challenging Municipal Council and Mayor Edison Asaba Ruyonga for acting against the (MoU).

In an injunction dated February 6, 2014 and signed by Otto M. Gulamali, the Deputy Registrar High court, Municipal officials were barred from further allocation of stalls at the market until the hearing and determination of the application for review.

The notice stipulated: “The allocations of stalls were made in total disregard of the procedures laid out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the government and the market vendors”.

They accused the Mayor of allocating space to ghost vendors leaving out the genuine beneficiaries.

The Shs 11bn newly constructed Mpanga market located along Fort Portal -Kampala road was commissioned in November 2013 by vice President Hon. Edward Ssekandi.

It was constructed with funds from World Bank through the ministry of Local Government.

Since its commissioning the market has not been occupied by the traders who are now operating in open space due to the controversy surrounding it.

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