Construction of Cross Border Market Fails to Take Off

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Raymond Agaba, the Commissioner for Internal trade in the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Ministry says the residents and district leaders have high expectations, which cant be fulfilled in a short time.

The construction of the cross border market in Kabale district is yet to kick off more than a year since the launch of the project.
   
The Shillings 28 billion market was earmarked for construction on 138 acre piece of land in Kiruruma cell along the Kabale-Katuna road under the Regional Integration Implementation Program-RIIP with support from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa-COMESA and the European Union.


 
The market is aimed promoting and expanding cross border trade and investments among East African Countries.  The Border Market Project is one of the initiatives by the Government of Uganda to fully exploit opportunities created by regional integration, promote value addition and wealth creation.
 
 
However, no work has been done since the project was launched on August 14, 2015. Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the executive Director Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, a non- governmental organization that Empower Citizens to fight corruption and its effects, wonders why construction has never started.

 
According to Byamugisha, at the launch of the project, they were assured on the availability of the funds for the project.
 
 
 
 
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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC V Chairperson says although the district leadership submitted all the necessary requirements to the Ministry for the construction to kick off, work has never started.



He says they are dissatisfied with the stalling of the project.
 

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Raymond Agaba, the Commissioner for Internal trade in the Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Ministry says the residents and district leaders have high expectations, which can't be fulfilled in a short time.


Agaba says that the ministry is still hunting for more funds to make sure that construction starts in 2017.


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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.