The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has taken over management of all Government markets and abattoirs in the city following President Museveni’s directive of immediate removal of association leaders from all Government markets in Kampala.
President Museveni on September 25, 2020 ordered the immediate removal of association leaders from all Government markets and abattoirs to pave way for the election of new leaders by the vendors under the supervision of Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs.
This followed a vast outcry by market vendors and those operating in the abattoirs (rufula) in Kampala who cited over exploitation by the cliques of leaders that had overtime hijacked the administration of markets and market associations.
Addressing reporters at Uganda Media Center on Friday, the Minister of State for Kampala Benny Namugwanya said that the exploitation has been orchestrated in all markets and abattoirs in Kampala in form of over taxation, inflated payment for utilities such as water, electricity, toilet fees, maintenance among others by the “cliques” without any input or due to the consideration of the vendors/ sellers and actual operators.
“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 Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) as members to study the issues raised by His Excellency the President and have necessary guidelines in place to immediately effect his directives,” said Namugwanya.
Among the directives issued by the President include; removal of all current association leaders in Government markets and abattoirs, ensure that vendors elect their own leaders under the supervision of KCCA, stop the multiple collection of fees being charged by current market leadership and decide on one annual fee.
The other directives are; conclude the repossession of markets and abattoirs for development by Government for a common man and have the cost of electricity be as prescribed by Umeme and that a 20 litre jerrycan of water should not cost more than 50 (fifty Ugandan shillings).
“In the interim, the KCCA shall manage all Government markets and abattoirs in the city. As for private markets, KCCA is mandated to regulate and control operations in these facilities as guided by the Markets Act Cap 94. In line with this law, engagement will be initiated with owners of these markets to ensure that the directive issued by His Excellency, the President, are implemented in private markets as well,” Namugwanya said.
“We note with concern that in some markets and abattoirs, some vendors/ traders are trying to exploit the situation by hijacking leadership. We want to warn them that what they are doing is illegal and we shall not hesitate to deal with them decisively,” she added.