Tight Security As Vendors Enter Shs11bn Mpanga Market

more about sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Security was on Wednesday deployed at the Shs 11bn Mpanga market unhealthy sans-serif; color: #222222;”>located on Fort Portal-Kampala road to avert any chaos by the aggrieved section of vendors who had dragged the Municipal Council to court.

Vendors accused the council and the Mayor, Edison Ruyonga, of failure to follow the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Mpanga market vendors Association, Municipality and Local Government.

Addressing excited vendors at the market, Mr. Patrick Mutabwire, permanent secretary in the ministry of local government, said the ministry has given the vendors a two months’ grace period to operate without paying license until May 1, 2014.

The ministry of local government would ensure safety of the vendors in the market.

Mutabwire said there were only 218 lock ups which would not accommodate over 350 vendors and 32 developers and therefore, asked two traders to share one lock up.


On health and sanitation, he cautioned vendors to maintain maximum hygiene and sanitation at the facility and those that are not ready should quit.

Mutabwire strongly warned vendors against selling their goods outside the market and erecting temporary structures that can cause fire outbreaks.

Mutabwire further said that vendors who missed on the list and had earlier inhabited the market would be given special consideration if
they petition through the market managing committees of the two vendors associations.

The market which was commissioned in November last year by Vice President, Edward Ssekandi, was constructed with funds from the African Development bank.

Mpanga market is one of the seven markets countrywide that are being rebuilt under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme (MATIP-1) – a multi-million dollar project supported by the Government and the African Development Bank.

The market, which will accommodate about 1,200 vendors, houses food stalls, bars and restaurants, banks, clinics, salons, fruit and vegetable stands, butcheries and a day care centre.

It consists of 400 stalls, 218 lockup shops and 700 pitches.

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