Arua Municipality to Relocate Market Vendors

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The development follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed last month between the Ministry of Local Government and Arua Municipal Council for the construction of the Market under the second phase of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Project MATIP II.

Arua Municipal Council has set up a committee to facilitate the relocation of market vendors from Arua Main Market and pave way for the construction of a modern facility.

The committee comprises the Municipal Lands Supervisor, representatives from Oli and Arua Hill; the two divisions of the Municipality, representatives from the health department, engineering, physical planning, enforcement officers and the chairperson of the vendors association.

Its task is to validate the number of vendors in the market in order to guide authorities on the alternative space for relocation.  Today, the vendor's association register shows that the market has 7000 vendors. However, the municipality records indicate only 3,360 market vendors.

The development follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed last month between the Ministry of Local Government and Arua Municipal Council for the construction of the Market under the second phase of the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Project - MATIP II.

The Project is a government intervention aimed at improving working conditions in the markets by providing adequate infrastructure, services and amenities, value addition and creating employment opportunities. It's funded by the African Development Bank, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the government of Uganda.

The five - year project is estimated to cost 93.72 million US Dollars.

The project, implemented in phases, targets 21 municipalities and town councils in Uganda. Phase one saw development of markets in Lira, Jinja, Mbale, Wandegeya, Hoima, Gulu and Mpanga in Fort Portal municipality. The second phase of the project is targeting markets in Busia Masaka, Kasese, Arua, Soroti, Mbarara, Entebbe, Moroto, Tororo and Kitgum and Lugazi.

Arua Municipality Town Clerk Francis Byabagambi told URN that the committee has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring a smooth transition process, from the current dilapidated market structures to temporary structures to pave way for the reconstruction of the market.
 
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Dada Nelson, the chairperson of the Arua Main Agro Market Vendors Association says welcomed the move to modernize the market but demand that the process be transparent and inclusive.

The vendors have demanded that the committee that has been set up should identify a conducive location with good quality sanitary facilities that can accommodate all the market vendors. He warns that separating the vendors into various temporary sites will lead into loss of revenue.
 
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There is no exact date set for the commencement of the activity but December 2016 has been set as the deadline for commencement of the works.

 

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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

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