The Presidential Affairs Committee of Parliament has summoned the leadership of Kampala including the Executive Director (ED) Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), website like this http://cnet-training.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/buddypress/bp-em-templatetags.php the Lord Mayor and Minister of Kampala over the pending payments of Usafi Market.
The committee set out on Tuesday to address a number of concerns in Kampala, http://continentalagra.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/acceptance.php among them; the plight of vendors in the city centre, bodaboda cyclists, taxi drivers and the operation of markets.
The core issue on the agenda was investigating and examining the modalities surrounding the purchase of Usafi Market, where it emerged recently that some members have been forcefully pushed out and stopped from carrying on business from the premises.
“We realized in the 9th Parliament that we had given KCCA money to pay for the market but they had not cleared; the last time the management appeared before the committee, they assured that they would be paying the land owner soon but to date they haven’t paid,” noted Susan Amero the Committee Vice Chairperson.
“We have therefore summoned the Kampala Capital City Authority leaders to explain how soon they will sort out the issue,” Amero noted.
The lease holder, Omar Nasoro Ssekamatte who acquired the land with the consent of Kampala district land board in 2011 sold Usafi Market two years ago to KCCA at a cost of Sh37.9b but to date authority hasn’t cleared the due payments.
Amero highlighted that the exorbitant rent that was imposed on the market by KCCA has caused many vendors to shun it.
Kassanda North Constituency legislator, Simeo Nsubuga has told Chimpreports that the KCCA leadership will as well be tasked to explain why they chose to purchase the market that seems not be strategically located for business hence laying redundant.
“We have got information that the amount of money that was used to purchase the said land was too exorbitant, we therefore shall demand the authority to give a thorough accountability and value for money basing it on the current market price for land in the City centre,” Nsubuga said.
Lubaga South Member of Parliament (MP), Moses Kasibante noted that there was no need for KCCA to purchase Usafi Market which has been proven by the low turn up of vendors since its launch.
“What has been going at City Hall has been just shielding dubious land bills in Kampala, we know of markets that accommodate over 10,000 vendors like that of Kasubi which are even at a lower cost but government has never expressed interest in buying such markets for the people but instead bought Usafi that wasn’t necessary,” Kasibante said.
Kasibante added that there was no community surrounding Usafi that was operating business from within to call for the purchase of the said market.