The Ministry of Kampala and Metropolitan affairs has Monday announced the disbandment of managements and leadership associations of all city markets and abattoirs.
This was revealed by Minister Betty Amongi at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.
According to the Minister, on September 25, 2020, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed the immediate disbandment of association leaders from all Government markets in Kampala, to pave way for the election of new leaders by the vendors under the supervision of the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs.
She said this followed a vast outcry from market vendors/sellers and those operating in abattoirs in Kampala who said they are being charged multiple fees/taxes leading to loss of profit and that they are being charged inflated rates for utilities (water, electricity, toilet fees, maintenance, among others).
“The Associations have manipulated vendors and hijacked management of the markets which were handed over to all vendors to own and operate,” she said.
Old leaders are also accused of failure to organize regular elections and have continued to enrich themselves from over charging the vendors.
To end this, Amongi revealed, the Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs established an inter-ministerial committee comprised of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) who have studied the issues raised by the President and an implementation roadmap has been made to the effect.
In the new directives, KCCA will, with immediate effect, take over direct management of the KCCA markets and abattoirs by deploying Resident Management teams.
The new teams will comprise of a Market Master or Abattoir Master and three support staff (from Directorates of Revenue Collection, Public Health & Environment and Administration). This team will be charged with the day-to-day running of the market and shall be responsible for other functions.
Other functions will include exercising general supervision and oversight over the affairs and operations of the market/abattoir, Keep a verified and updated database/register of vendors in the market or abattoir operators.
Also, the committee shall ensure that all utility bills and costs incurred in the market or abattoir are settled in time.
It will also collect dues, fees and charges from the vendors in accordance with the existing laws and instruments, ensure that trade order is maintained in the market or abattoir at all times and handle grievances arising out of the law and order enforcement.
The resident management teams will also ensure that public health regulations are observed, ensure cleanliness in the market/abattoir at all times, operate and maintain the public toilets, manage and collect solid waste.
KCCA management teams have also been assigned roles such as managing the day-to-day affairs of the Market/abattoir. They will also maintain cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene within the markets and abattoirs.