Ham Proprietor Offers 2, 100 Spaces to Vendors in His Mall

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According to Kamya, Hamis Kiggundu, the Managing Director Ham Enterprises has also pledged to pay for 700 stalls for the next six months for vendors willing to relocate to Usafi market.

Ham Enterprises has offered to accommodate 2,100 evicted vendors from Nakivubo Park Yard market in its shopping malls, Kampala Minister, Betty Olive Kamya has revealed.

According to Kamya, Hamis Kiggundu, the Managing Director Ham Enterprises has also pledged to pay for 700 stalls for the next six months for vendors willing to relocate to Usafi market.

 
She explains those accommodated at Ham Shopping mall will pay Shillings 40,000 after the expiry of the six months while those in Usafi will pay a monthly fee of Shillings 6500.  Kamya disclosed this while presenting a status report on the park yard evictions before parliament this afternoon.


 
According to Kamya, the vendors have got a smart deal since they would be evicted anyway even after 30 days. Kamya states that as it stands now, 2,650 vendors have been catered for while the remaining vendors are also going to be given space.


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She says Ham Enterprises will now develop the place that they rightfully own following the eviction of the illegitimate vendors. Following Kamya's presentation, the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga tasked her to present the list of the relocated vendors detailing where they are within a week's time.


"The poor are being pushed to the corner and we cannot accept this to happen. We had Shimoni and Naguru but these were all taken by developers, where have all these women and poor people gone. We cannot continue treating people as if they are rubbish," said Kadaga.


Muhammad Sebaduka, the chairman Park Yard Market vendors says as it stands they have lost but they have to move forward.

Emmanuel Mukasa the spokesperson Parkyard market says although they are being relocated, Government should come up with a plan for them as many of them have lost their merchandise.


He also states that apart from suffering several fire outbreaks, they have suffered loses resulting from the brutal eviction.
 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.