Redevelopment of Masaka Main Market Set to Begin

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Elizabeth Nakayiza, the Chairperson of Masaka Main Market, says the market is in shambles. The market lacks running water, latrines, drainage and the sewerage lines are broken.

Masaka Municipal Council has approved the plan for the redevelopment of Masaka Main Market, which was constructed in 1952.
The market hasn't had any major repairs since it was built. Attempts to reconstruct the market in 2010, hit a snag due to disputes among vendors and encroachers.
The redevelopment works will cost Shillings 13 billion.
Joseph Kimbowa, Town Clerk Masaka Municipality, says the Local Government Ministry is in the process of sourcing a contractor.
According to Kimbowa, they expect the redevelopment works to start within the next six months.  He says they intend to start consulting the various stakeholders, adding that they don't expect anyone to lay claim on market land.
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Elizabeth Nakayiza, the chairperson of Masaka Main Market, says the redevelopment work is long overdue, adding that the market is in shambles.

She says the vendors have now agreed and signed documents approving the reconstruction works.
The poor state of the market forced some vendors on the streets. Kefa Kanyike is one of those who abandoned the market to operate on the streets. According to Kanyike, the old market is no longer attractive to customers. 

He says the situation gets worse whenever it rains. He notes that due to break down of the drainage and sewer lines, the market gets flooded, which scares away customers. 


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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.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.