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Gov’t Sets Dates for Election of Interim Market Leaders; Vendors to Pay One Fee Per Year

Government has set dates for the election of interim leaders in markets and abattoirs following the suspension of the old leadership.

On 25th September 2020, President Museveni directed the immediate disbandment of association leaders from all Government markets in Kampala to pave way for election of new leaders by the sellers under the supervision of the Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs.

This followed outcry by market vendors and those operating in abattoirs in Kampala that they were being charged multiple fees leading to loss of profit, inflated rates for utilities such as water, electricity, toilet fees among others.

To this end, the Ministry of Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs established an inter-ministerial committee comprised of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Local Government and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) who studied the issues raised by the President and decided that in the interim, KCCA with immediate effect takes over direct management of the KCCA markets and abattoirs by deploying resident management teams to exercise general supervision and oversight over affairs and operations of the markets, keep a verified and updated database/ register of vendors, collect fees, dues and charges from the vendors, ensure public health regulations are observed among others.

Speaking to reporters at Uganda Media Center on Monday, the Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi announced the dates scheduled for the election of the interim leaders in the 16 markets and 1 abattoir.

She said Monday 9th November 2020 was for St Balikuddembe (Owino) market and city abattoir, Tuesday 10th is for Nakawa market, Bugolobi market and Nakasero markets, Wednesday 11th is for Usafi, Wandegeya and Kinawataka markets, Thursday 12th is for Kasubi, Bukoto and Kamwokya markets, Friday 13th is for Busega, Luzira and Kiswa markets, Monday 16th is for Namuwongo 1 and 2 and Kisseka market while Tuesday 17th November 2020 will be the meeting of newly elected leaders.

Amongi also noted that there will at some point be the transitional leadership committee in all Government markets.

“We shall conduct elections for a transitional leadership committee in all Government markets/ abattoirs composed of ten committee members, a third of whom shall be women,” said Amongi.

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The committee will be comprised of the chairperson, vice chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, women representative, publicity Secretary, Head of security, Head of public health and sanitation, youth representative, representative of persons with disabilities and discipline champion.

Meanwhile, Amongi announced that there will be only one type of charge paid by sellers per annum.

“As directed by the His Excellency, there shall be only one type of charge per annum and one other fees shall be determined latter,” she said.

From today, no other charges or fees she said shall be allowed except for lockup (144,000 shillings), stall (132,000 shillings) and 78,500 shillings for pitch.

For abattoirs, a fixed amount has been announced per animal or bird to be slaughtered. This includes; 15,000 shillings for a cow, 3000 shillings for goat and sheep, 5000 for a pig and 300 shillings for chicken.

“An additional charge/ fees as allowed by His Excellency shall be discussed by Cabinet and communicated at a later date. For now, only one fee stated above is to be charged,” Amongi said.

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