Chaos As Vendors Occupy New Nyendo Market

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Ruth Namujuzi, a food vendor, said in addition to being small, there is no space for cooking in the food section. According to Namujuzi, the market is not friendly to food vendors. The new Nyendo market was built at the tune of Shillings 13 billion.

There was chaos on Wednesday during the allocation of stalls to vendors in the newly built Nyendo market in Masaka district. It all started after the names of about 50 vendors couldn't be traced on the register.
 
 
The vendors couldn't have any of this and demanded to know why their names were missing yet they registered before they were relocated to pave way for the redevelopment of the market. Jascent Nampijja is one of those who failed to get a stall despite the fact that she registered fully.

 
Nampijja, who vends tomatoes, told URN that she even paid the mandatory Shillings 22,000 levied on each vendor to acquire a stall. She told URN that she is now stuck, since they were stopped from operating on the streets.

 
Yudaya Nanteza, another vendor told URN that her name was on the list of vendors when it was put up for verification. She however, said she was surprised when she showed up to get her stall only to be told she wasn't on the list.
 
 
Several other vendors had similar complaints. Joseph Mugerwa, the Commercial Officer Masaka Municipality, says those who missed stalls had problems on their particulars. According to Mugerwa, some of the affected vendor didn't give proper names and particulars of their businesses.


He however, said they would verify the complaints and sort out the affected vendors, saying there are an additional 200 stalls to be allocated.

 
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Some of the vendors especially in the food section complained on the size of the stalls allocated to them. They argue that the space allocated to each vendor is too small to accommodate their customers. 




Ruth Namujuzi, a food vendor, said in addition to being small, there is no space for cooking in the food section. According to Namujuzi, the market is not friendly to food vendors. The new Nyendo market was built at the tune of Shillings 13 billion.




President, Yoweri Museveni officially commissioned the market, which is found in Nyendo-Ssenyange division in December last year. The market has more than 900 stalls. 




The vendors were supposed to occupy the market on December 2nd 2016 but the process hit a snag after it emerged that some of the people registered for allocation of stalls were not vendors. 

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.